An image of Christ presented to the people

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

(Netherlands 1606 – 1669)

Christ presented to the people

Location
Not on display
Further information

On a raised balcony in a small courtyard, Pontius Pilate asks the people whether he should release Barabbas or Christ, whose arms are bound. On the left of the platform stands a boy holding a jug of water and a bowl in which Pilate will soon wash his hands of the affair. Below the podium the figures, egged on by the priests and elders shout that Jesus should be crucified while onlookers crowd every window and doorway. The statues of Justice and Fortitude above the central doorway are of the type that would have been found on Dutch civic buildings and courts, such as the recently completed New Town Hall in Amsterdam.

Year
1655
Media
Print
Medium
drypoint
Dimensions
36.3 x 45.7 cm trimmed just outside platemark; 36.5 x 45.8 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1948
Accession number
8130