Behold The Man

Christ Crowned With Thorns by Dirk Bouts

At the National Gallery, writer Sathnam Sanghera - son of devout Sikh parents – comes face to face with a 15th-century image of the suffering Christ.

(Image: Workshop of Dirk Bouts, ‘Christ Crowned with Thorns’, about 1470-5 © The National Gallery, London)

Christ Before Pilate by the Master of Cappenberg

Writer Kit de Waal seeks out a painting at the National Gallery showing Pilate washing his hands of his part in Christ’s death - and it brings back painful childhood memories.

Christ as the Man of Sorrows by Jacobello del Bonomo

Muslim journalist Abdul-Rehman Malik scrutinises a 14th-century Italian painting at the National Gallery - because this Christ, unlike most others, is brown-skinned.

The Crucifixion by the Master of Delft

Writer and film-maker Sheila Hayman works with torture survivors, work that is often life-affirming – like her choice of painting at the National Gallery. 

The Incredulity of St Thomas by Guercino

Novelist Chibundu Onuzo grew up in Lagos. Her chosen painting at the National Gallery appealed to her because of its subject matter - because Thomas is a kindred spirit to her.

15th to 19th April 2019
Produced by Kristine Pommert
Commissioned by Matthew Dodd