Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The first Sorrowful Mystery: the Agony in the Garden

Image and Text Credit: Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, Veronese

The Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane was originally in the Santa Maria Maggiore in Venice. In this painting Veronese repeats the scheme of composition inaugurated in the baptism for San Nicolò, once again placing the figures of Christ and the great winged angel supporting him, caught in an unexpected gleam of light, on the left, while the figures of the sleeping apostles, much smaller in size, are arranged in a deeply shadowed landscape on the right.

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