DUCCIO di Buoninsegna
(b. ca. 1255, Siena, d. 1319, Siena)
Agony in the Garden (scene 6)1308-11
Tempera on wood, 51 x 76 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena
The picture shows one of the 26 narrative scenes from the Stories of the Passion on the reverse side of the Maestà. It is situated in the centre of the bottom row below the scene of Christ Taken Prisoner.
In the Agony in the Garden, Jesus is turning to Peter, James the Great and John, shaking them and warning them not to fall into temptation, while the other disciples are sleeping. On the right, in accordance with the Gospel of St Luke, which is the only one to mention an angel appearing, he withdraws in prayer. In this quiet setting, both episodes are visualized through the gestures of Christ, Peter and the angel.