The Betrayal of Christ
This painting is part of the group: The Santa Croce Altarpiece

The Roman Soldiers have come to arrest Christ. At the centre Judas betrays Christ with a kiss as described in the New Testament (Matthew 26: 47-52). On the left Saint Peter cuts off the ear of Malchus. The scene takes place at night; illumination is provided by the torches held aloft.

This panel formed the second scene after the 'Last Supper' (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lehman Collection) in the predella of the high altarpiece of S. Croce, Florence. The altarpiece was probably paid for by the Alamanni family, whose coat of arms was originally on it.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
documented 1317-27; died possibly 1329
Full title
The Betrayal of Christ
Group
Date made
possibly 1325-8
Medium and support
Egg tempera on poplar
Dimensions
40.4 x 58.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1885
Inventory number
NG1188
Location in Gallery

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