DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

Christ on the Mount of Olives

Pen, 212 x 292 mm
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

Christ is facing the angel with arms thrust upward. The curve of the sleeping Apostles leads toward him in a broad sweep. Despite the size of the Apostles and the specific characterization of each of them in his position, they remain subordinate to the principal figure. In the centre foreground the stage is completely empty. This drawing is the final version of a theme that interested Dürer at almost all times. It is a study for the late Passion woodcut series of which only The Last Supper was transferred to the wood block.