The Trial Before Pilate
Church of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna
After trying to dissuade the crowd from seeking Jesus' death,
"Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but that rather a tumult
was made; taking water washed his hands before the people, saying: I
am innocent of the blood of this just man; look you to it" (Matthew
This is one of the 13 mosaics of the Passion and Resurrection of
Christ along the upper band of the
right wall of the nave.
The man in the long gray hair is Caiaphas, who is also pictured in
the scenes of Jesus'
trial before the Sanhedrin and the Way of the Cross. As
in those images, he wears a tunic, striped boots, and a mantle with
an elaborate pectoral clasp.
See also a view of the entire
left wall with commentary on the iconography of Jesus and the
apostles in these mosaics.
This image in full resolution
More of the Trial Before Pilate
at the church by Richard Stracke