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Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane

Veronese (Paolo Caliari)

The work, brought to Brera in 1808, has been identified with a canvas by Veronese documented by the sources in Santa Maria Maggiore at Venice. According to a recent hypothesis, it was one of the works donated by the nobleman Simone Lanzo to the nuns of Santa Maria Maggiore in 1584 “to adorn the great chapel.” It dates from around 1582-83, at a time close to the Baptism and Temptation of Christ. In this case too, the crucial part of the representation is located on one side of the canvas, with the figures in the foreground picked out from the darkness by the light of the Holy Spirit: the beam of light is combined with an unusual choice of iconography, with Christ fainting at the announcement of the Passion, which further accentuates the dramatic emphasis of the scene.

Download hi-res image TITLE Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane
AUTHOR Veronese (Paolo Caliari)
DATE 1570
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS cm 108 × 180
INVENTORY 227
ROOM IX
Work on display
ON LOAN 20/06/2017 > 24/09/2017 Madrid, Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza
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