Initial T: The Agony in the Garden

Object Details

Title:

Initial T: The Agony in the Garden

Artist/Maker(s):

Master Michael (Austrian, active about 1420 until the mid-15th century)

Culture:

Austrian

Place(s):

Vienna, Austria (Place created)

Date:

about 1420 - 1430

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 41.9 x 31 cm (16 1/2 x 12 3/16 in.)

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Jesus kneels in prayer and partially obscures the initial Tthat opens the Canon of the Mass with the words Te igitur clementissime pater ( You, therefore, most merciful Father). After the Last Supper, Jesus prayed to God in the Garden of Gethsemane, expressing his fear over the sacrifice he was about to make for the salvation of humanity. The illuminator set Jesus totally alone against a dark ground, perhaps to emphasize his human frailty. The blessing hand of God appears in the right corner to assure Jesus of the Lord's guidance during the difficult moments that would come during his arrest, torture, and Crucifixion.

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