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March Evangel art exhibit is “Ecce Homo: Behold the man”

Published on Mar 3, 2020 by Paul K. Logsdon


Gesu, After Fra Bartholomeo, Unknown artist //

The Evangel University Fine Art & Design Gallery is hosting a touring art exhibit with 21 images dating from the early 17th century to the contemporary, called “Ecce Homo: Behold the man,” March 1-30, 2020.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The gallery is located in the Lawrence & Alletha Barnett Fine Arts Center, just south of the Spence Chapel, facing 1111 N. Glenstone Ave.

Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Ecce Homo, wood cut, Marco Gerke //

The exhibit

“Ecce Homo: Behold the man” is an exhibition that uses images which illustrate the face of  Jesus as He is condemned by the crowd, following the passage in Matthew 27: “And the governor said, ‘Why, what evil hath he done?’ But they cried out the more, saying, ‘Let him be crucified.’”

Ecce Homo is Latin for “behold the man.” It refers to the presentation of Christ by the Roman general, Pontius Pilate. The earliest that Ecce Homo was depicted is found in ninth and tenth century Syrian-Byzantine Empire artwork.

Because high-ranking Jewish officials attended Jesus’s questioning and didn’t enter the house of Pilate, historians believe that Pilate had to bring Jesus outside of his home to present him to the crowd. This made early Syrian-Byzantine artists show Jesus crowned in thorns and donning purple robes outside of Pilate’s home.

Christ Shown to the People, Jacques Callot //


Two pieces displayed in the show by Jacques Callot and Cornelius Cort show Christ being presented to the crowd in the street by Pilate.

Spanish Head of Christ, Unknown artist //

Otto Dix’s version of Ecce Homo shows the crowd seething with anger, pointing fingers at and taunting Jesus. Michel Ciry and George Rouault portray Jesus as bare-chested with a purple robe thrown over his shoulder.

“We are very grateful that Sandra Bowden has made this work available to show on our campus,” said Michael Buesking, a professor of art at Evangel.

“The title of the exhibition itself may cause us to ponder the mystery of Christ coming as a human being and submitting himself to this treatment, and ultimately to death on a cross.”


Art at Evangel

Evangel University is home to the state-of-the-art Lawrence & Alletha Barnett Fine Arts Center, which opened in 2002.

The Art Education degree at Evangel is for the creative art student seeking certification to teach art in elementary, junior high or high school grades. EU’s program meets the Missouri state requirements for certification in Art Education, grades K-12.

Students who desire a well-rounded approach to artistic disciplines may earn a Bachelor of Arts in Art degree. The program requires 33 credits in art and is a good option for a double major.

The department also offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, where students take 58 studio hours, with an emphasis on studio work or graphic design. Both combine art history and appreciation courses with practical expertise in various studio areas.

For additional information, visit Evangel’s Department of Humanities, or contact Stan Maples at (417) 865-2815, ext. 7395.


Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.