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A seated, bound male figure in glossy white porcelain

The seated figure tilts his head to his left, lifting his eyes in a sorrowful expression, as he sits with his wrists bound together with rope. His shoulder length hair falls around his gaunt, bearded face, and his mouth is partly open. A cloak thrown over his shoulders is knotted in front of him, as he holds his bound hands at his right side, his right leg extending forward in front of his left, which is drawn inward against the stone pedestal on which he sits.

Gallery Text

The Ginori factory acquired models after the most celebrated and popular work of leading artists, and then copied and produced ceramic editions of them to sell to private collectors. This porcelain figure of Christ being mocked by his Roman captors is based on a work that was most likely in bronze.

Foggini’s composition exudes dynamism, offering a distinctive profile from every angle because of the way the artist has positioned Christ’s body and how he has rendered the abundant drapery with deep, cascading folds. The varied textures and smooth glaze of this work exemplify the superlative refinement that the Ginori factory could achieve.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Ginori Porcelain Factory, Doccia, Italian
After Giovanni Battista Foggini, Italian (Florence, Italy 1652 - 1725 Florence, Italy)
Ecce Homo
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Mocked Christ
Work Type
modeled 1745-50
Italian, Tuscan
Persistent Link


Level 2, Room 2220, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, Rococo and Neoclassicism in the Eighteenth Century
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Physical Descriptions

36.2 x 17.5 x 25.7 cm (14 1/4 x 6 7/8 x 10 1/8 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
[Giovanni Pratesi, sold;] to Harvard Art Museum, by exchange through Alex Gregory and Grenville L. Winthrop, 2000.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Purchase through the generosity of Alexis Gregory and Grenville L. Winthrop, by exchange
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Exhibition History

  • Eighteenth Century European Ceramics, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/02/2005 - 06/09/2008
  • 32Q: 2220 18th-19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project

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