Definition of Ecce Homo in English:

Ecce Homo

Syllabification: Ec·ce Ho·mo
Pronunciation: /ˈeCHā ˈhōˌmō, ˈeksē, ˈekā


A painting of Jesus Christ wearing the crown of thorns.
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  • The fourth painting, an Ecce Homo - probably the one that was commissioned by the Cardinal de Lorraine between 1558 and 1561, cannot now be traced.
  • This was followed by an Ecce Homo for a chapel where he collaborated with the sculptor Giovanni d' Enrico, whose terracotta figures are fully integrated with the illusionistic space created by the frescoes.
  • Here is an ‘Ecce Homo’, by Caravaggio from about 1606.


early 17th century: Latin, literally 'behold the man', the words of Pontius Pilate to the Jews after Jesus was crowned with thorns (John 19:5).

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