Around 1509, Dürer began working on a series known as the Small Woodcut Passion, illustrating the events of the last week of Christ's life. This image is drawn from that series.

After his betrayal by Judas, Christ was brought before Annas, the leader of a priestly family, who interrogated Jesus in hopes of finding some evidence by which to condemn him. In this small but powerful image, Dürer presents Christ bound and subdued as he is brought before Annas, who is enthroned in the background.


  • Title: Christ before Pilate
  • Date Created: c. 1509
  • Physical Dimensions: Image dimensions: 5 5/32 x 3 13/16 in. (13.097 x 9.685 cm) Sheet dimensions: 5 5/16 x 4 1/16 in. (13.494 x 10.32 cm)
  • Type: Prints
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/3258655/
  • Medium: Ink on paper
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift in memory of Leon A. Harris
  • Artist Nationality: German
  • Artist: Albrecht Dürer

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