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Giovanni Battista Cremonini

Italian, c. 1550–1610

The Agony in the Garden

c. 1595

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.

Medium Oil on copper
Dimensions 16 5/8 x 12 9/16 in. (42.2 x 32 cm)
Object Number 2010.5 recto
Acquisition Acquired by the Clark, 2010
Status On View

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Giovanni Battista Cremonini, The Agony in the Garden, c. 1595, Oil on copper. Acquired by the Clark, 2010. The Clark Art Institute, 2010.5 recto.


Private collection, Italy