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Pilate Washing His Hands, from Passio domini nostri Jesu Christi

A work made of hand-colored woodcut on ivory laid paper with letterpress on verso, laid down on white laid paper.
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  • A work made of hand-colored woodcut on ivory laid paper with letterpress on verso, laid down on white laid paper.

Date:

c. 1503

Artist:

Urs Graf, the Elder (Swiss, 1485-1527/28)
published by Johann Knobloch (German, born Switzerland, died 1528)

About this artwork

The Roman official Pontius Pilate is seen here washing his hands before a crowd, having failed to convince Christ to defend himself. With this action, Pilate claimed to rid himself of the blood of an innocent man, and thus hoped to absolve himself from all responsibility for the death of Jesus Christ.

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Artist

Urs Graf, the Elder

Title

Pilate Washing His Hands, from Passio domini nostri Jesu Christi

Origin

Switzerland

Date

1503–1506

Medium

Hand-colored woodcut on ivory laid paper with letterpress on verso, laid down on white laid paper

Dimensions

217 x 156 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Frederick Keppel & Co, New York. From E. W. collection Gift of Los Angeles Junior Museum to Children's Museum Given to Chicago Community July 1951.

Reference Number

1932.1216

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