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Belles Heures of Jean de France, duc de Berry, 1405–1408/9. Herman, Paul, and Jean de Limbourg (Franco-Netherlandish, active in France by 1399–1416). French; Made in Paris. Ink, tempera, and gold leaf on vellum; 9 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. (23.8 x 16.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Cloisters Collection, 1954 (54.1.1).
Hours of the Passion
Pilate Washes his Hands, Folio 138r
Pilate washes his hands to absolve himself of the condemnation of Christ. The large figure in pink at the right appears to have been copied from some earlier source, and the spatial relation between his sleeve and Pilate’s blue garment is confused.