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The Capture of Christ in the Garden

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unknown Italian artist, The Capture of Christ in the Garden, 1275/1299, oil paint on wood, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, public domain, 61.55

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Title

The Capture of Christ in the Garden

Artist

unknown Italian artist (Italian)

Date

1275/1299

Period

Late Medieval (ca. 1250-ca. 1500)

Medium

oil paint on wood

Dimensions (H x W x D)

7 in x 6 1/4 in

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

Italian

Credit Line

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Accession Number

61.55

Copyright

public domain

Terms

Christ

Gethsemane

oil paint

paintings

Passion of Christ

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

wood

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery

Description

The Capture of Christ in the Garden was possibly one of a series of panels depicting the life of Christ. Although there is disagreement as to the painting’s authorship, several scholars have attributed it to Cimabue, the leading practitioner of the Byzantine style in 13th-century Florence.

While this painting features typical Byzantine conventions, the artist has introduced proto-Renaissance compositional devices. The lavish gold and red color scheme and the linear patterning of the draperies reflect Byzantine tradition. So, too, does the somewhat symbolic approach to the narrative, including a garden suggested by the tree on the right and the schematic wall on the left. More innovative is the variety of figures. The three-quarters back view of the dark-bearded figure on the right is particularly ambitious.

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