Albrecht Dürer (1471 -1528)
'The Large Passion: The Presentation'
Museum no. E.706-1940
Bequeathed by Miss Alice G.E.Carthew
The Roman governor Pontius Pilate offered to spare Christ 's life and release him. Here, the hostile mob insist that they want him crucified. Dürer has given the faces in the crowd grotesque expressions to reflect the wickedness of their actions. The tall soldier in the foreground is dressed as a mercenary.