Plate 3

Christ Before Annas, c. 1480


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This plate from Israhel van Meckenem’s “Passion” series, illustrating Christ’s trials and triumph, incorporates three events. According to the Gospel of John, after Jesus’s arrest, he was first taken to the powerful politician Annas, for questioning. At left, the disciple Peter has been apprehended, but he raises his hands to deny any association with Jesus. In the background, we see the Mocking of Christ, an episode from the other gospels, in which the guards holding Jesus jeer at him and spit on him. When interrogated or mocked, Jesus calmly accepts his fate, unlike Peter, who is clearly scared of his own destiny.

Christ Before Annas
Artist Life
c. 1445–1503
Accession Number
Paul J. Sachs, L. 2091
Catalogue Raisonne
B.12; Holl. 144 i/vi; NGA 185; L.IX.153.144 Lehrs 144 i/vi
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Plate 3