Duccio's Maesta

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Central panel: the Passion

18: Pilate washes his hands

     When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. (Matthew 27 v 24)

     Note: the washing of hands is a familiar part of the story, but it is only mentioned in Matthew's gospel.

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