DONATELLO
(b. ca. 1386, Firenze, d. 1466, Firenze)

Christ before Pilate and Caiaphas

1460s
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

This is a relief from the Passion Pulpit.

The representation of Christ before Pilate is separated from the adjacent scene by a historiated column like those of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius. A two-headed servant, a Janus figure, offers a bowl to Pilate to wash the guilt from his hands. With this acute psychological device, Donatello visualized the inner conflict of Pilate: to yield either to his wife's plea for clemency or his own desire for expediency.