The Agony in the Garden

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After the Last Supper, Jesus withdrew to pray for the strength to accept his fate, accompanied by a number of his apostles. They fell asleep, leaving him to struggle alone. Cremonini has grouped the figures on opposite sides of a diagonal embankment, stark contrasts of light and dark underscoring their poignant separation. Angels present Christ with a cross, nails, and a crown of thorns, foreshadowing his Crucifixion, depicted on the opposite side of this panel.


Private collection, Italy

Giovanni Battista Cremonini

Italian, c. 1550–1610

The Agony in the Garden

c. 1595

Oil on copper

16 5/8 x 12 9/16 in. (42.2 x 32 cm)

Acquired by the Clark, 2010

2010.5 recto