Pilate Washing his Hands (1512) by Albrecht Durer

Pilate Washing his Hands - Albrecht Durer - 1512

Artwork Information

TitlePilate Washing his Hands
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Pilate Washing his Hands

The engraving titled “Pilate Washing his Hands,” created by Albrecht Dürer in 1512, is a piece from the Northern Renaissance period and showcases the religious genre. Like many of Dürer’s works, this engraving reflects the intricacies and emotions typical of the Northern Renaissance art movement. Currently, this artwork is held in a private collection.

In the engraving, you can observe a scene with multiple figures, centered around the act of Pontius Pilate washing his hands. Pilate is depicted kneeled at the center, with an intricately rendered garment, which highlights Dürer’s attention to detail and texture. He appears to be in a solemn moment of contemplation or resignation, which is consistent with the Biblical account of Pilate attempting to absolve himself of responsibility for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Surrounding him are various individuals who seem to be engaged in conversation or observance of the act, each rendered with distinct clothing and features that lend individuality and character to the scene.

The environment is detailed, showing architectural elements characteristic of the time and a glimpse of a cityscape in the background, suggesting the location might be a public or official space. The work is rich in symbolism and narrative content, inviting the viewer to contemplate the moral and spiritual implications of the scene being depicted.

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