Lucas van Leyden 1494 – 1533

Christ before Annas

engraving (15 × 10 cm) — 1521 Museum Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Lucas van Leyden biography

This work is linked to John 18:22

After his arrest, Jesus is taken to Annas, one of the high priests. Annas asks him about his disciples and his doctrine. Jesus replies that all his teachings were public, so Annas had better ask the people who heard him speak.

The soldier in green takes this as an insolent, disrespectful answer and strikes Jesus in the face.

This print is a hand colored engraving in a hand written book of prayers with seventeen other prints. One of the other prints is the one showing Christ in Limbo.

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