Christ Before Pilate

Jacek Malczewski

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Basic information
Jacek Malczewski
Christ Before Pilate
Date of creation
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
65 x 80.5
Information about author
Jacek Malczewski
Artist's lifetime
Jacek Malczewski (July 14, 1854, Radom, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire – October 8, 1929, Krakow, Republic of Poland) was an outstanding artist and one of the most prominent representatives of Polish Symbolism. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Krakow, where his teacher was Jan Matejko. The artist participated in an archeological expedition to Pamphylia, Pisidia, and Greece, which was organized by Count Karol Lanckoronski. He also visited Munich and Italy. Jacek Malczewski was one of the founders of the art union "Sztuka" ("Art"). The artist's creative heritage includes landscapes and portraiture, symbolic compositions, interpretations of religious themes, and numerous self-portraits in various images.
Object description
The bust-length image of Christ (the self-portrait of the artist) is on the right, and the image of a young man is on the left. Christ is depicted in the thorn wreath, with traces of blood on his face and hair. The hands at chest level are tied to a bamboo stick with a rough rope; with one hand Christ holds the beard. On his shoulders there is a red coat, the end of which he holds with the other hand tied. To his left there is Pilate, a young man with a black mustache. His head is tilted, as he is cleaning his nails with a small stick above the copper basin. In the upper left corner there is the painter's signature: “J. Malczewski 1910”.
At the top left there is an author's inscription "J.Malczewski 1910".