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Christ Before Pilate: Large Plate

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

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  • A work made of etching on paper.




Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606-1669

About this artwork

This print exemplifies popular depictions of the Passion of Christ, which often united multiple parts of the New Testament story into one overwhelming scene, from the first half of the 17th century. Here Rembrandt van Rijn combined the Presentation of Christ to the people by Pontius Pilate and the Mocking of Christ by the people of Jerusalem into one large and deeply moving etching. Although surrounded by the Pharisees and a motley crowd of mocking onlookers, Christ appears disengaged as he looks to the heavens, his hands clasped in prayer.


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Rembrandt van Rijn


Christ Before Pilate: Large Plate


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching on paper


Image: 54.3 × 44.9 cm (21 7/16 × 17 11/16 in.); Plate: 55.2 × 44.9 cm (21 3/4 × 17 11/16 in.); Sheet: 55.6 × 45.5 cm (21 15/16 × 17 15/16 in.)

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The Charles Deering Collection

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