Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Christ Leaving the Praetorium

Folio 146v

Christ Leaving the Praetorium and the Road to Calvary are represented in the manuscript on two facing pages between sext and nones: the first on the verso at the left, the second on the following recto.
The Limbourgs executed both paintings in the bright luminous colors characteristic of this cycle. Picturesque details such as the banner and the children recall the Adoration of the Magi (folio 52r) and the Purification of the Virgin (folio 54v).
Pontius Pilate has delivered Christ to the mob to be crucified, and soldiers lead Him away.
In the entrance of the Praetorium is a naked man in chains, who represents one of the thieves to be crucified with Christ and who reappears in the Road to Calvary.

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