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Scenes from the Passion of Christ


These two small paintings probably once formed the wings of a portable altarpiece. They show different episodes from the Passion (Christ’s torture and crucifixion). In one, Christ kneels in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, just before he is arrested (Matthew 26: 39–42. In the other, he carries the cross on the way to be crucified, as described in all four Gospels.

The sweet, light style of these pictures links them to Pietro Perugino. They were presumably painted by members of his artistic circle, though it is not absolutely certain they are both by the same artist. They are very different colours, as the panel of Christ carrying the Cross has a now yellowed nineteenth-century varnish.