The Agony in the Garden

Image credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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Born in Arpino, between Rome and Naples, Cesari was a child prodigy who received major commissions and a knighthood from the Pope. This picture from the 1590s has the soft modelling and virtuoso classicism typical of his early style. He painted this subject several times. Jesus is depicted, after the Last Supper, praying for guidance in the Garden of Gethsemane. In the foreground, the apostles James, Peter and John sleep through the apparition of an angel bearing the cross of crucifixion.

The Agony in the Garden




oil on canvas


H 100.5 x W 77.5 cm (E)

Accession number

NMW A 233

Acquisition method

purchased from P. and D. Colnaghi and Co. Ltd, 1978

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