The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Betrayal of Christ

Object Details

Title:

The Betrayal of Christ

Artist/Maker:

Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Bruges, Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

about 1525 - 1530

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig IX 19, fol. 102v

Dimensions:

Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

Judas completes his betrayal of Christ by kissing him on the cheek, thus identifying him to the band of armed men. Upon seeing the cue, one soldier grabs Christ's robes while another dressed in bright blue-and-white-striped leggings reaches for his weapon. In the foreground, Peter raises his sword to cut off the ear of the high priest's servant. Despite the tumult, Christ remains calm and serene, responding to Peter's action by telling him, "Put your sword back in its place: for all who take the sword will perish by the sword." (Matthew 26: 52)