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Christ before Caiphas from "The Small Woodcut Passion"

Accession Number
2011/2.56

Title
Christ before Caiphas from "The Small Woodcut Passion"

Artist(s)
Albrecht Dürer

Object Creation Date
1509-1511

Medium & Support
woodcut print on laid paper

Dimensions
5 in x 3 3/4 in (12.7 cm x 9.53 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Prof. Eugene and Mrs. Marie Glysson

Label copy
Albrecht Dürer
Germany, 1471–1528
Christ Before Caiaphas, from the Small Woodcut Passion
1509–11
Woodcut
Gift of Professor Eugene and
Mrs. Marie Glysson, 2011/2.56
(Gallery Rotations Fall 2012)

Subject matter
After his arrest, Christ was taken to several authorities in Jerusalem, including Pontius Pilate and Caiaphas, the high priest and member of the Sanhedrin, where Christ underwent beatings and questioning. The scene Dürer portrayed was the moment of Caiaphas' outrage when Christ, asked by Caiaphas if he is the Messiah, answers, "You have said so."

Physical Description
A man seated on a throne under a canopy on the right looks toward a group of standing figures on the left. A group of soldiers in helmets and armor and spears surround a tall bearded man who stands looking at the seated official. In the distance is a view of a town in a landscape and at the feet of the seated man is a dog.  The print is signed in the block "AD" on the lower left of the recto.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
relief print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Bible stories
Canis familiaris (species)
Christ
Christianity
New Testament
Passion (of Christ)
Passion cycles
devotional images (religious works)
judges
people in religion
priests
soldiers
spears
thrones
woodcuts (prints)

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