The Flagellation of Christ
143 × 108 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 7438
Christ, tied to a column, is dependent on the pose of the Laocoön. Moderno likened the passion of the priest to the suffering of Christ, thus employing a late Hellenistic model to endow the Christian subject with intense emotional power. The sculptor may have had first-hand knowledge of the antique marble, but was probably also familiar with Marco Dente’s Laocoön and The Massacre of the Innocents by Raphael and Marcantonio Raimondi, which inspired other major figures of his relief.