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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- Prints and Drawings
- Urs Graf, the Elder
- Pilate Washing His Hands, from Passio domini nostri Jesu Christi
- Hand-colored woodcut on ivory laid paper with letterpress on verso, laid down on white laid paper
- 217 x 156 mm
- 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.