Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1834-1890
Matthew 27: 29 – 30
And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and the bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
The Mocking of Christ occupies a prominent position on the left-hand choir wall in the church at Ordrup. The helmeted soldier, in malicious derision, pushes the crown of thorns into the Savior’s head with his upraised reed, causing blood to ooze from the furrowed brow. In stark contrast to the face of the callous soldier, the face of the Savior is calm, yet intent. He looks directly at the viewer as if to ask, “Will you mock me also?” His expressive eyes question our commitment to Him.