Art and Images related to John's Gospel
compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.

JOHN 18–19
The Passion and Death of Jesus is narrated in all four Gospels, but the following are some of the details found only in John:

Jesus Is Arrested in the Garden (John 18:1-12) - the soldiers carry lanterns and torches; they fall to the ground when Jesus says, "I am"; Peter cuts off the ear of the High Priest's servant (this incident happens in all four Gospels, but only John specifies that Peter did this)
  • Christ Taken Prisoner (1308-11) - tempera on wood, by Duccio di Buoninsegna (Siena; ca. 1255-1319) - in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena; from the Web Gallery of Art

Jesus Is Questioned by the Jewish High Priests, and Peter Denies Knowing Jesus (John 18:13-27) - the "charcoal" fire and the specific naming of certain characters is unique to John; much of the dialogue is also very different
Jesus' Trial before Pilate (John 18:28-40; 19:1-16) - Jesus is taken inside the praetorium, the Jewish leaders remain outside, and Pilate goes back and forth, out and in, several times
Pilate Presents Jesus to the People: Ecce Homo / Behold the Man (John 19:15) - Jesus is given a purple/scarlet robe and crown of thorns in Mark 15:17-20 and Matt 27:28-31 also, but only in John 19:4-15 does Pilate present Jesus to the Jewish leaders, saying, "Behold the man!" (Ecce homo) and "Behold your king!"
Francesco del Cossa: The CrucifixionThe Crucifixion (John 19:16b-37) - this event is narrated in all four Gospels, but some details are unique to John: that the inscription above the cross was in three languages (Hebrew, Latin, Greek); that Jesus' tunic was seamless; that Jesus' mother and the beloved disciple were nearby; that Jesus' side is pierced by a soldier's lance, bring forth "blood and water"
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: The DepositionThe Burial of Jesus (John 19:38-42) - in all four Gospels, Joseph of Arimathea buries Jesus; only in John does a second man (Nicodemus) help him

John 1, esp. John (the Baptizer)
John 2–3, esp. the Wedding at Cana
John 4–6, esp. the Samaritan Woman
John 7–8, esp. the Adulterous Woman
John 9 –10, esp. the Man Born Blind
John 11–12, esp. the Raising of Lazarus
John 13–17, esp. the Washing of the Feet
John 18–19, esp. the Crucifixion and Burial Scenes
John 20–21, esp. Mary Magdalene & Doubting Thomas
Depictions of John the Evangelist
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