TINTORETTO
(b. 1518, Venezia, d. 1594, Venezia)

The Prayer in the Garden

1578-81
Oil on canvas, 538 x 455 cm
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

Tintoretto has emphasized in the night setting the important moments of this episode from the New Testament by bringing them all together. In the top right in the lonely spot of the garden, Christ, in a red mantle, receives the announcement of his imminent death from the divine messenger. The latter breaks in from the right in a bright reddish halo and his brightness creates reflections on the leaves of the shrubs. The same source of supernatural light highlights the two apostles fast asleep, the third only just awoken and the row of armed soldiers which can be glimpsed on the left.




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