Description The Agony in the Garden is an episode from the New Testament in which Christ, after the Last Supper and before his arrest, went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. During his prayers Christ expressed anguish and despair at his impending fate (his death at the Crucifixion) so was visited and comforted by an angel, appearing here in the upper right. Below are Christ’s three followers (Peter, John and James) whom he instructed to keep watch while he prayed but who fell asleep. Christ’s betrayer, Judas, and a group of Roman soldiers can be seen approaching from the distance. Probably intended for private devotions, the painting is a small-scale version of an altarpiece painted in the late 1520s by Garofalo, now at the Picture Gallery in his native Ferrara in northern Italy.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1897 catalogue: no. 273, as School of Modena, 16th century]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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