Questions for Bible study groups
- The first painting on this page – of Jesus before Pontius Pilate – is probably familiar. But the others are rarely seen. Why is the subject of Jesus before Pilate less popular with painters?
- Does the images of Jesus in these paintings fit with your personal image of Jesus? Why? Why not?
- Compare several of the images of Christ, eg Caravaggio’s, Bosch’s, Mantegna’s. Which artist has captured the Trial most effectively?
In brief: Jesus, charged with sedition and insurrection, appeared before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. Pilate questioned Jesus, had him flogged, then presented him to a crowd assembled at the praetorium: ‘Look at this man!’ said Pilate. ‘I find no fault in him.’
But he killed Jesus anyway.