This painting was created by Nikolay Ge in 1890. I chose this particular piece because I find the subject matter to be very interesting. Pilate, the man on the left, played an integral role in the crucifixion of Christ, who appears on the right. Although he himself believed that Christ was not guilty of any crime, Pilate allowed Jesus to be crucified. In Ge's painting, Pilate appears to be asking Jesus a question. According to the Bible, Pilate asked Jesus if He referred to Himself as the King of the Jews. I believe this event is what Ge is portraying in this painting. Ge paints Jesus as a very sullen, slouching man who stands in the shadows. Pilate, however, is wearing lighter colored clothing and is standing in the sunlight. In my opinion, the coloring of these figures foreshadows the events that happened shortly after Jesus and Pilate spoke. Pilate tries to be a just man by allowing a crowd of people to decide who should be released from prison - Jesus or an actual murderer. The crowd, however, would prefer to crucify Jesus rather than release Him (He is painted in dark colors because His future is ominous). Even though Pilate was essentially the person to condemn Jesus to be crucified, he is painted in the sunlight because he tried to be a good, fair leader.