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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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In Christianity, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, was captured for bringing a new way of worship in the world. Many accused him of blasphemy and captured him, took him to Pontius Pilate for sentencing. This moment was forever immortalized in the painting Christ before Pilate.

This painting was by Albrecht Durer, a German painter who saw the need to remind Christians and all members of similar faith that Jesus died for their salvation. It’s a sight for sore eyes. This particular painting sets a desolate mood. In the picture, you can see soldiers holding spears hurrying to put Jesus before Pontius. Back then, the concept of fair hearing and judgment did not exist. In fact, no one dared question the authority posed by Pilate. It was such a cruel time to exist in the world. This painting is on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here all fans of Albrecht’s work will get a chance to view this particular artwork. Frankly, the painter did a very detailed job, right from the spears held by the soldiers to the robes Jesus wore, very meticulous.

Durer painted them as if he was present at that particular time. He has a good eye for the tiniest of details. His work was really impeccable. During the period 1505-1507, Albrecht started experimenting on linen. He painted on it using tempera. This method was mainly used in Italy. It is said that he picked up this method on his trips there. Before linen, he would use the engraving technique. This is the method he used to curate many of his other pieces, including this particular painting. This piece is over 500 years old now and, thus, is on display in a museum. It will require experts to handle and maintain. It was painted in 1512. During this time, religious paintings were not as common. Durer actually did three more major series that spoke about religion. This earned him respect and criticism in equal measure. He painted this piece in Nuremberg.

His religious paintings were pioneers that really broke the ground for other painters to draw inspiration. After 1511, many more painters cropped up. They did good paintings about religion and other topics sensitive to humankind. Durer is a legend and will remain to be. He is an inspiration to many. Albrecht was a man who left a mark in the world, to fill his shoes would be quite the task. He spoke through art, and this is what true art is really about, self-expression. Durer, in his major series, the major passion, painted several other pictures that are pretty much related to Christ’s trial before Pilate. He painted: Christ taken captive, Christ on the mount of olives and Christ on the cross with the virgin and St. John.