Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane, near Jerusalem (seen in the left background), while three of his disciples sleep. An angel reveals a chalice containing a cross. Judas approaches on the right with the Roman soldiers who will arrest Jesus. New Testament (Mark 14: 32-43).

Dramatic nocturnes were a novelty in north Italian painting associated with Giorgione.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1481 - 1559
Full title
The Agony in the Garden
Date made
probably about 1520-39
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
Dimensions
49.2 x 38.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
NG642
Location in Gallery