What is truth? Christ and Pilate

What is truth? Christ and Pilate by Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge.

What is truth? Christ and Pilate by Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge. was produced in 1890 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Realism movement. The work can be viewed now at Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): Jesus, spirituality, truth


What is truth? Christ and Pilate is an oil painting produced in 1890 by Russian painter Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge.

The theme of this painting was inspired by the 18th chapter of the Gospel according to John.

In this painting as the name suggests, Jesus had come to witness to the truth. He asked Pilate about it and Pilate responds to Christ with a question. What is Truth? Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge created a dramatic story giving it a spirituality theme. It was dramatic because we all knew that Christ himself is a path to truth. All aspects of life and their truths are merely a reflection of Jesus Christ image. The Church was the pillar and bulwark of the truth because Jesus body resides in a Church. Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge was inspired by the image and passion of the Christ. The image of Pilate was illuminated by the sun on the field. There were two main characters in this picture and both were divided by the bright light of the sun. Several artists were delighted to see this painting and wrote that between Christ and the world, there would be no peace till date. The dimension of the painting What is truth? Christ and Pilate were 233 cm x 171 cm.

The work can be viewed at Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia


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