The Agony in the Garden

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The Agony in the Garden


Circle of Pietro Novelli (Italian (Sicilian), 1603 - 1647)




about 1640?


Pen and brown ink and brown wash over traces of black chalk; remnants of old ruled framing lines in dark brown ink along all four edges


28.9 × 21.3 cm (11 3/8 × 8 3/8 in.)

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This drawing illustrates Christ's agony as recounted in the Gospel of Saint Luke: "He himself withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and began to pray: `Father, if it be thy will, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but thine be done.' And now there appeared to him an angel from heaven bringing him strength, and in anguish of spirit he prayed the more urgently; and his sweat was like clots of blood falling to the ground."

Juanes to Goya: Spanish Drawings 1560 -1825 (September 14 to November 28, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 14 to November 28, 1999
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  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 19 to June 29, 2003