(b. 1571, Caravaggio, d. 1610, Porto Ercole)

Christ in the Garden

Oil on canvas, 154 x 222 cm
Formerly Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum, Berlin

The painting was destroyed in the Second World War, it is known to us today through extant black and white photographs. This was a wonderful composition that caught the instant in which Christ awakes the sleeping apostles. The construction of the scene descends toward the lower right corner. St Peter in particular is shown in a classical position (which has been called Carracci-like), with the containment that characterizes this moment in the artist's career.