Simon Vouet / Angel Holding the Vessel and Towel for washing the hands of Pontius Pilate / about 1625Simon Vouet
Angel Holding the Vessel and Towel for washing the hands of Pontius Pilate
about 1625

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Creator Name: Vouet, Simon
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1590 - 1649
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Simon Vouet
Title: Angel Holding the Vessel and Towel for washing the hands of Pontius Pilate
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1623
Creation End Date: 1627
Creation Date: about 1625
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: oil on canvas
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.40-1/2 x W.30-1/2 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 69.36.1
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund

These angels carry symbols of the Passion - the events associated with Christ's suffering and death. One holds the pitcher, basin, and cloth used by Pontius Pilate to wash his hands of responsibility for Christ's crucifixion. The other carries the tablet inscribed "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews" in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, which was placed on the cross, above Christ's head. The paintings probably belonged to a series of seven angels carrying the seven symbols of Christ's Passion, most likely painted for a church or other ecclesiastical building.

From 1612 to 1627 Vouet worked in Rome, mainly on religious commissions, many of them still to be seen in churches there. After he returned to Paris, his idealized Italianate style came to dominate French painting.

AMICA ID: MIA_.69.36.1
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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