Jesus and Pontius Pilate , Duc de Berry paintings
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Jesus &  Pilate

Face of Jesus

Jesus & Caiaphas

Reconstruction of the great Temple of Jerusalem in the 1st century

at the time of Jesus

Wife of Pontius Pilate

See Carol Ann Duffy's extraordinary poem 'Pilate's Wife' at the Women in the Bible page  Pilate's Wife

Route taken by Jesus to his trials by Pilate and Herod Antipas

Route to Calvary

Reconstruction of a house in the Upper City, 1st century Jerusalem

Buildings Jesus knew

The kiss of Judas

Herod, Pilate, Judas




          Painting of Jesus before Pilate

  Jesus brought before Pilate, Book of Hours, Duc de Berry

A kneeling soldier eagerly repeats the accusations to the Roman governor, who sits on a throne like that of Caiaphas' - clearly linking the two men, one Jewish, the other Roman, in complicity. Pilate holds the sword of authority, just as Caiaphas did.

Pilate raises an admonitory finger before Christ, who is held in the grasp of mailed fists. Jesus' face seems to have been flattened: is this just damage to the paint, or is it meant to suggest the buffeting Jesus has already undergone at the hands of the soldiers?

A priestly adviser to Pilate covers his mouth with his hand, as if to silence himself.

The confusion of the moment is conveyed by a banner that flutters over Jesus' head. The burning taper reminds us that is is early morning, still almost dark. And there is even more darkness to come.


Jesus is brought for trial before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, Book of Hours



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Bible Study Guide: Paintings of Jesus appearing before Pontius Pilate, Les Belles Heures, Duc du Barry

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