Pietro Lorenzetti, c.1280 – 1348, Jesus before Pilate, Part of a diptych (?), c.1335, Tempera and gilding on poplar, Vatican Art Gallery © Musei Vaticani
Pietro Lorenzetti (Siena c.1280 - 1348), in this portion of a diptych depicting Christ standing before Pilate, offers a simplistic composition, which serves to heighten the drama. The scene’s protagonists are diminished in size and placed in opposition to one another in a realistic, prospective space. Christ, who wears a red tunic and a blue mantle and whose hands are bound, is at the center of the scene. He stands before Pilate, who is seated on a raised throne, and dressed in sumptuous robes with his head crowned with bay leaves. Their eyes are joined in a silent dialogue of great intensity, so much so that the devotee remains confused by the injustice and ignoble condemnation of the innocent Christ.
Under the direction of Paolo Ondarza
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