Christ before Pilate

A work made of engraving on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.

Date:

1500/05

Artist:

Giovanni Antonio da Brescia
Italian, c. 1460-1520

About this artwork

Giovanni Antonio da Brescia’s unusually large engraving Christ before Pilate recalls relief sculptures from the sides of Roman sarcophagi. The darkly crosshatched background creates a shallow depth of field and unifies the figural frieze. Pilate’s elevated placement and pointing finger emphasize his authoritative demeanor. The biblical text beneath his seat proclaims his unrealized intention to set Christ free; indeed, his captive’s foot seems to emerge from the picture plane. Da Brescia placed the line of sight below the horizon, creating the illusion of looking up for the viewer and thus increasing the image’s sense of monumentality.

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Artist

Giovanni Antonio da Brescia

Title

Christ before Pilate

Origin

Italy

Date

1500–1505

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

291 × 314 mm

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.984

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