• Agony in the Garden

    Artist:
    Coecke van Aelst, Pieter. 1502-1550
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    83x56,5 cm

Coecke van Aelst, Pieter. 1502-1550

Agony in the Garden

Netherlands, between 1527 and 1530

The Gospels relate that, after the Last Supper, Christ set off for the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, taking with him three of his chosen disciples, those who had been present earlier at his Transfiguration on Mount Tabor. Christ kneels and raises his eyes towards the chalice standing on the outcrop of rock, which symbolizes the chalice of fate. Christ prays to God the Father, wracked by fear of his coming suffering and death, to alter the fate set out for him: "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." (Matt. 26:39). Unlike Christ, who is in a state of inner conflict between the divine and human sides of his nature, the apostles have all fallen fast asleep - Peter leaning against a tree stump; to his right the young John, deep in sleep; and next to Christ, his head leaning on his hand, is James. In the background we see a crowd of soldiers, scribes and chief priests armed with swords, spears, lanterns and torches, led by Judas and heading for the Garden of Gethsemane to arrest Christ.

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Agony in the Garden

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oil

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83x56,5 cm

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Acquisition date:

Formerly in the collection of Catherine the Great

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-406

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