Arent de Gelder 1645 – 1727

Jesus Taken to the House of the High Priest

oil on canvas (73 × 59 cm) — c. 1715 Museum Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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This work is linked to John 18:13

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This is one of the paintings in Arent de Gelder's Passion Series. It has a subject that is rarely depicted. Jesus has been captured by the Romans and is taken to a house. A warm light falls from the house onto the street. In the light the rich colors of the cloths become visible. Standing to the left in the shadow two man watch what is happening.

De Gelder may have used the story as told in John 18. There it says that Peter and another disciple followed Jesus to the house of the high priest Annas. Annas was the first priest to interrogate Jesus. Later he was taken to Caiaphas, another priest who also happened to be Annas' son in law.

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