Saturday, 19 March 2016

Station 1 : Jesus is condemned to death

For God so loveth the world, that he hath given his only son, that none that believe in him, should perish: but should have everlasting life.

Jan Lievens - Christ before Pilate

The Roman governor Pilate thinks that Jesus hasn't done much harm and wants to let him go. But the Jewish priests and the crowd make him punish Jesus anyway. By washing his hands, Pilate shows he feels no responsibility for the events. In the background to the right Jesus is taken away.

Jan Lievens was about 18 years old when he painted this panel. The rich details in Pilate's costly robe show he already was a very skillful artist.

Il Tintoretto - Christ before Pilate
Tintoretto, born Jacopo Comin, late September or early October, 1518 – May 31, 1594) was an Italian painter of the Renaissance school. For his phenomenal energy in painting he was termed Il Furioso. His work is characterized by its muscular figures, dramatic gestures, and bold use of perspective. 

Rembrandt - Christ before Pontius Pilatus
 Rembrandt etched this with a dry needle in an oblong plate. He made this etch in 1655. It shows Pontius Pilatus and the crowd choosing between Barrabas and Jesus.


  1. This artwork is absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing, Han.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

  2. I have never seen such painting by Rembrant .
    Interessting. And yes, very nice, Powerfull Tintoretto.
    Beautifull .
    And I see, " Dutch " Jesus has a red hair.
    Are all Dutchmen fond of red hair?
    I know one..

    Even as a child, Onhad very hard to accept:
    Not My responsibility .

    Thank you, Han.

    Mona Lisa

    1. There is a Pilate in us all somewhere, sometimes hidden, sometimes out in the open. There are situations where we step back, if only to protect ourselves. We step back because we do not want to get involved.

      And there are people who always step in..



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