Agony In The Garden (1508) by Albrecht Durer

Agony In The Garden - Albrecht Durer - 1508

Artwork Information

TitleAgony In The Garden
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Agony In The Garden

The artwork titled “Agony in the Garden,” created by Albrecht Dürer in 1508, belongs to the Northern Renaissance period and is considered a religious painting. This piece is illustrative of Dürer’s intricate and detailed style, demonstrating his mastery of the engraving medium and his ability to convey narrative and emotion.

The image shows a night scene set in the Garden of Gethsemane. At the forefront, Jesus is depicted in a pose of prayer or entreaty, looking upwards with outstretched arms. His expression conveys profound emotion, which is further emphasized by the dramatic use of light and shadow. Above Jesus, an angel appears, holding the instruments of the Passion, symbolizing the suffering that Jesus is about to endure. In the background, we observe a group of figures who are the slumbering apostles, Peter, James, and John, who according to the biblical narrative, were unable to stay awake during Jesus’s time of distress. Their relaxed poses and closed eyes contrast starkly with the tense, urgent demeanor of Jesus. In the distance, a small cluster of buildings can be seen, possibly representing the city of Jerusalem. The interplay between light and dark, along with the careful attention to detail, is indicative of the artistic innovations that were characteristic of the Northern Renaissance, where artists such as Dürer sought to convey religious themes with a heightened sense of realism and human emotion.

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