Gustave Doré 1832 – 1883

Christ Leaving the Praetorium

oil on canvas (475 × 717 cm) — 1876-1883 Museum Musée des beaux-arts, Nantes

Gustave Doré biography

This work is linked to Matthew 27:31

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After his conviction Jesus leaves the praetorium to commence his journey to Golgotha, where he was to be crucified. The praetorium was the building of the Roman governors over Jerusalem. Soldiers have a hard time controlling the bewildered crowd. A man holds the cross.

This Prétoire in Nantes is an almost identical copy of the painting in Strasbourg, which Doré made between 1867 and 1872. The Strasbourg canvas is even larger, measuring 6 x 9 meters.

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