(Netherlands 1606 – 1669)
36.3 x 45.7 cm trimmed just outside platemark; 36.5 x 45.8 cm sheet
On a raised balcony in a small courtyard, Pontius Pilate asks the people whether he should release Barabbas or Christ, whose arms are bound. On the left of the platform stands a boy holding a jug of water and a bowl in which Pilate will soon wash his hands of the affair. Below the podium the figures, egged on by the priests and elders shout that Jesus should be crucified while onlookers crowd every window and doorway. The statues of Justice and Fortitude above the central doorway are of the type that would have been found on Dutch civic buildings and courts, such as the recently completed New Town Hall in Amsterdam.
Peter Raissis, Look, 'Old Europe: rarely seen prints and drawings on show', pg. 23-25, Newtown, Jun 2006, 25.
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 78-92, Sydney, 1999, 80 (illus.).
Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 116 (colour illus.).
Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 5, 14 (illus.), 15. no catalogue numbers
Nicolas Draffin, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Prints & Drawings', pg. 109-124, Sydney, 1988, 116 (illus.).
Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a gallery, 'Prints & Drawings', pg. 115-122, Sydney, 1984, 115 (illus.).
Clem Lloyd and Peter Sekuless, Australia's national collections, North Ryde, 1980, 254 (illus.).
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 12 (colour illus.).
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Etchings by Rembrandt, Sydney, 1948. cat.no. 23
Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 7. no catalogue numbers
Etchings by Rembrandt, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1948–1948
The Bitten Image: European etchings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Jul 1980–14 Sep 1980
Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006
European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014