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The Mocking of Christ
oil on canvas
124.5 × 159.5 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Allan Myers AO and Maria Myers AO, Alan and Mavourneen Cowen, the NGV Women's Association, Ross Adler AC, John Higgins, June and Neil Jens, Patrick Matthiesen, Naomi Milgrom AO, Bruce Parncutt and Robin Campbell, Andrew Sisson, Loti & Victor Smorgon Fund, Spotlight Stores Charitable Foundation and donors to the Orazio Gentileschi Appeal in honour of Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria (1999–2012), 2012
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
17th to 18th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Orazio Gentileschi, the son of a Florentine goldsmith, moved to Rome around 1576–78.  Like many artists working in Rome, Gentileschi began to absorb the lessons of Caravaggio’s powerful realism. This is notable in Gentileschi’s intense observation from life of details such as hands, feet and faces. Gentileschi knew Caravaggio, and in 1603 he was sued for libel with Caravaggio and others by fellow painter and rival Giovanni Baglione. Gentileschi later travelled all over Europe working in various courts for a vast number of patrons. However, he was a careful and not very prolific artist with only around eighty easel paintings and frescoes known today.