Christ with Thorns, Huexotla

Accession Number

Christ with Thorns, Huexotla

Paul Strand

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1933, printed 1967

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

15 3/4 in x 12 3/8 in (40.01 cm x 31.43 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Davis through the Friends of the Museum of Art

Subject 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 Classification

Collection Area

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Jesus Christ
Roman Catholicism
crowns (hat components)
modern and contemporary art
religious visual works
robes (main garments)
thorn (plant material)

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