As Christ prays, the angel presents the chalice, indicating the forthcoming sufferings, and points towards the Instruments of the Passion. In the foreground the Apostles sleep; in the background Judas approaches with soldiers to arrest Christ.

The composition and the light effects are perhaps inspired by the celebrated painting of the same subject by Correggio (London, Aspley House, Wellington Museum), an artist greatly admired by Ludovico.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1555 - 1619
Full title
The Agony in the Garden
Date made
about 1590
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
100.3 x 114.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by the Trustees of Sir Denis Mahon's Charitable Trust through the Art Fund, 2013
Inventory number
NG6624
Location in Gallery