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The Passion:  Christ Before Pilate

The Passion: Christ Before Pilate

c. 1480
(German, c.1450–1491)
Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs V.141.24
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The dog in this scene likely refers to late medieval Passion literature, which often compared Christ's tormentors to dogs.

Description

Martin Schongauer's series of the Passion of Christ was his largest set of engravings, made around 1480, and extensively copied across Europe. It consists of twelve prints detailing the suffering of Christ in the last days of his life. Schongauer's version focuses on crowded scenes, grotesque physiognomies of Christ's tormentors, and great pathos in the composition. Here, Christ is led before Pontius Pilate. The Roman governor washes his hands in water which a servant is pouring from a ewer into a basin. Right after, he orders Christ's crucifixion.
  • Prints and Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (May 6-September 9, 1965).
    Old Master Prints and Drawings. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 29, 1966-February 28, 1967).
    Eight Masters of the Print. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (October 14, 1980-January 18, 1981).
    Sacred and Profane in Late Gothic Prints. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 2-August 2, 1987).
  • {{cite web|title=The Passion: Christ Before Pilate|url=false|author=Martin Schongauer|year=c. 1480|access-date=01 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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