Christ before Pilate (1511) by Albrecht Durer

Christ before Pilate - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleChrist before Pilate
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Christ before Pilate

“Christ before Pilate” is a woodcut created by Albrecht Dürer in 1511 as part of “The Small Passion” series. This artwork, which falls under the Northern Renaissance movement and is classified as a religious painting, is currently housed in the British Museum in London, UK.

The image depicts a scene from the Christian biblical narrative where Jesus Christ is presented before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. In this intricately detailed woodcut, we see a variety of figures, including Roman soldiers in armor, some of whom are on horseback, situated on the left side of the composition. Christ is shown as a calm and poised figure in the center, in front of Pilate, who appears to be gesturing as he addresses Him. In the lower foreground, a small figure is kneeling, and a dog can be seen, adding to the everyday life and realism that Dürer infuses into this religious scene. The architectural elements, like arches and columns, add depth to the scene and emphasize the solemn and formal atmosphere of the event being depicted. The woodcut is a testament to Dürer’s skill in conveying texture, depth, and narrative within the constraints of this print medium.

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