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The Agony in the Garden

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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The artist was nicknamed Guercino (squinter) because he was slightly cross-eyed. Born in Cento, he established himself as a leading painter in Bologna. After the Last Supper Christ went to the Garden of Gethsemane with Peter, James and John. In the agony of doubt Christ prayed, 'Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me'. In this alterpiece from the 1640s, the cup is depicted as a chalice containing the three nails of the Crucifixion, linking Christ's passion with the Mass.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on canvas


H 232.1 x W 162.5 cm

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Acquisition method

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

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Inscription description

Frame: Label: P & D COLNAGHI & CO. Ltd 14 OLD BOND STREET, LONDON, W.1 GUERCINO (inscribed) Inscribed: S884 15-10-76 Label: (inscribed on label) 82/125 Backing board: Label: THE Trafalgar Square, London WC2N5DN NATIONAL Telephone 071-839 3321 GALLERY EXHIBITION: Guercino in Britain: Paintings from British Collections Number: X.17 ARTIST: Guercino TITLE: The Agony in the Garden OWNER: National Museum of Wales, Cardiff Label: THE Trafalgar Square, London NATIONAL Telephone 071-839 3321


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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

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