“The Sanhedrin trial of Jesus”
Oil on panel, 55.6 x 82.5 cm.
The Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Erste Sammlung
sale at the Hofburg according to label attached (verso).
The present painting depicts Jesus after his arrest in
Jerusalem and prior to his dispensation by Pontius Pilate.
It is an event reported by all four canonical gospels of the
New Testament. As can be seen, Jesus sits quietly and does
not mount a defense, rarely responding to the accusations
against him. The Jewish authorities condemn Jesus for
not denying that he is the Son of God. Pontius Pilate,
the governor of Roman Judaea, asks that he be tried for
claiming to be the King of the Jews.
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