The J. Paul Getty Museum

Christ before Annas

Object Details

Title:

Christ before Annas

Artist/Maker:

Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Bruges, Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

about 1525–1530

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig IX 19 (83.ML.115), fol. 119v

Dimensions:

Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

Here Simon Bening continued with the stunning effects of flames and light that so fascinated him in the previous nocturnal scenes of Christ's betrayal and arrest. The torches brought inside burn with a new, more focused brightness, while the glowing coals and popping embers of the fire behind Annas make his portly figure more prominent. The viewer can almost feel heat coming from the hearth. More than just a skillful display on the artist's part, this detailed observation and representation of the natural world was a means of bringing the events of Christ's life into the viewer's sphere by presenting them as if they were occurring right before the viewer's eyes.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Ars et Ingenium: The Illuminator's Craft and Genius (July 26 to October 9, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 26 to October 9, 1994