DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

Christ before Caiaphas (No. 4)

1512
Engraving, 117 x 74 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Sheet No. 4 of the Engraved Passion.

The ceiling, in this instance, gives the engraving a feeling of architectural enclosure, quite in contrast to other subjects of the series. The ceiling beams are directed toward the vanishing point on the left. This serves to emphasize the dialogue between Christ and Caiaphas, which is further enhanced by the lighting. The guardsman on the right seems Leonardesque. This engraving is based on the corresponding subject in the Green Passion. The main figures, especially the deceitful Caiaphas, are drawn in a masterly manner.