About This Artwork

Jan Sadeler, the Elder (Flemish, 1550-1600)
after Marcus Gheeraerts, the Elder (Flemish, c. 1520-c. 1590)

Agony in the Garden, from Passion of Christ, 1575/1600

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper
165 x 118 mm (plate); 170 x 124 mm (sheet)

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection, 1942.254

The candlelit interior setting of the previous plate gives way to a nocturnal exterior scene bounded by a fence in the background as Christ holds his vigil in the garden of Gethsemane while awaiting his fate. Judas Iscariot, the apostle who will betray Christ to the Romans (he appears receiving his blood money beneath the nearby Last Supper), tiptoes through the gate at the bottom of the garden, his finger to his lips.

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