Christ with Thorns, Huexotla Artist(s)Paul StrandArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1933, printed 1967Medium & Supportphotogravure on paperDimensions
15 3/4 in x 12 3/8 in (40.01 cm x 31.43 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Davis through the Friends of the Museum of ArtSubject matter
In this photograph of a wooden statue from Huexotla, Mexico, Strand captures one of the religious effigies common in the region. This particular representation of Christ is adorned with a crown of thorns, a robe, and a rope that holds up one of his arms. His arm shows signs of the stigmata. His expression is pained. The statue is painted with life-like attention to detail, though stylized.
This photograph is from Paul Strand's The Mexican Portfolio
published in 1967 by Paul Strand. The portfolio consists of a series of 20 images depicting Mexico's people, architecture, landscape, and churches. It was first published in 1940 under the name Photographs of Mexico
, and reprinted under Strand's supervision in 1967 as The Mexican Portfolio.Physical Description
This is a photograph of a wooden sculpture from Huexotla, Mexico. The sculpture depicts a man with a crown of thorns.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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crowns (hat components)
modern and contemporary art
religious visual works
robes (main garments)
thorn (plant material)