Jesus Is Condemned to Death, First Station of the Via Crucis

Candido Portinari1945

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in ochre, earthy, roses, gray, white, black and green. Smooth texture and marked brushstrokes. Figures represented with significant and deliberated deformed expressions. It depicts Jesus' trial against light background with abstract-geometric shapes. In the foreground, in the center of the composition, Jesus standing in profile to left, in front of Pontius Pilate. Pontius sits in profile to right on a simplified throne of straight and angular forms. Jesus is represented with white golden halo overthe head, long hair in gray tone, long face, facial features and beard suggested, very thin and long neck. Arm along the body and feet slightly spread, wearing a long tunic in dark tones. Pontius Pilate has outlined facial features, the right arm is extended forward and wears a long dark tunic. In the background, between the foreground figures, soldier standing, forwad facing, holding in his right hand a spear that is supported on the floor, wearing short tunic. On the right, a group of standing figures, slightly turned to the left, watching the scene. They wear long dark tunics. Rose and earthy ground, ochre background with gray areas making a contrast of light and dark tones that accentuates the drama of the scene.


  • Title: Jesus Is Condemned to Death, First Station of the Via Crucis
  • Date: 1945
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w49 x h49cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:religious scenes:Stations of the Cross, religious:Jesus, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: tempera
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2480
  • Inscription: Inscription on reverse of support "1ª”. On reverse, inscription "80”; handwritten label "caixa 60”.
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the Pampulha Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Belo Horizonte, MG. Work designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2389

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