About This Artwork

Jacopo Carucci, called Jacopo da Pontormo
Italian, 1494-1557

Christ before Pilate, 1522/23

Black chalk, with stumping, and traces of red chalk, heightened with traces of white chalk, over stylus incising, on cream laid paper
274 x 283 mm
Inscribed verso, l.c., in pen and brown ink: Pontormo; u.l. on former mount, in graphite: circa 1670 / not Carracci; u.c. on former mount, in graphite: Carracci; l.c. on former mount, in graphite: Agos. Carracci

Restricted gift of Anne Searle (Meers) Bent, The Regenstein Foundation, and Dr. William D. Shorey, 1989.187

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Recent Acquisitions: Old Master Drawings of the 15th-18th Centuries," 1989-1990.

New York, The Frick Collection, "From Pontormo to Seurat: Drawings Recently Acquired by The Art Institute of Chicago," April 23-July 7, 1991, n.p., cat. 3; traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, September 10, 1991-January 5, 1992.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Drawings Rediscovered: Italian Drawings before 1600 in The Art Institute of Chicago," April 10-July 22, 1997.

Ottawa, The National Gallery of Canada, "Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Renaissance in Florence," May 27-September 5, 2005.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Capturing the Sublime: Italian Drawings of the Renaissance and Baroque", March 26-July 8, 2012, pl 11, pp. 42-43, cat. by Suzanne Folds McCullagh, et. al.

Publication History

Laura M. Giles, "Christ before Pilate: A Major Composition Study by Pontormo," The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 17:1 (1991), pp. 34-35.

Harriet K. Stratis, "The Technical Aspects of Pontormo’s Christ before Pilate," The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 17:1 (1991), pp. 46, and 49-50 (ill.).

Philippe Costamagna, Pontormo: Catalogue Raisonné de l’Oeuvre Peint (Paris, 1994), pp. 11, 54, 60-61, and 175-76, fig. 45.

Alessandro Conti, Pontormo (Milan, 1995), pp. 33-34, and 78, pl. 33, as Closing the Gates of the Temple of Janus.

Suzanne Folds McCullagh and Laura M. Giles, Italian Drawings before 1600 in The Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Collection (Chicago, 1997), pp. 197-98, no. 255 (ill.).

"Maineri to Miró: The Regenstein Collection Since 1975," The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 26:1 (2000), pp. 16-17, no. 2 (ill.).

Suzanne Folds McCullagh, "‘A Lasting Monument’: The Regenstein Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago,” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 26, 1 (2000), p. 12.

Ownership History

Private collection, England [McCullagh and Giles 1997]. British Rail Pension Fund; sold by Lexbourne Limited, London, to the Art Institute, 1989.




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