Pilate Washes His Hands (Pilate se lave les mains)
Exclaiming “Behold the man!,” Pilate shows the beaten and bloodied Christ to the crowds. The people gathered in the court below urge his execution, with pointed fingers raised in accusatory gestures.
On the loggia before the assembled crowd, Pilate—convinced of Jesus’ innocence and impressed by his dignity, according to Tissot’s account—publicly washes his hands on the loggia before the square, symbolically distancing himself from the execution to follow.
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Image: 6 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. (15.9 x 13 cm)
Sheet: 6 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. (15.9 x 13 cm)
Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed top right: "J.J. Tissot"
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James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). Pilate Washes His Hands (Pilate se lave les mains), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 6 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. (15.9 x 13 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.271 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.271_PS2.jpg)
overall, 00.159.271_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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