Agony In The Garden (1515) by Albrecht Durer

Agony In The Garden - Albrecht Durer - 1515

Artwork Information

TitleAgony In The Garden
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Agony In The Garden

“Agony in the Garden” is an etching by Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, completed in 1515. This religious painting is part of the Northern Renaissance art movement and is currently held in a private collection.

The etching illustrates a biblical scene where Jesus Christ is depicted in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. The prominent figure of Jesus is shown kneeling, with his hands clasped in fervent prayer, and his gaze is directed towards the heavens. An angel descends from a cloud above, extending a chalice towards Him, representing the cup of suffering that He will endure. The merging of human emotion with divine interaction is masterfully portrayed here, as Jesus seems to be in a state of profound spiritual anguish. The lighting is dramatic, with radiant beams emanating from the angel, emphasizing the critical moment. The background features a gnarled tree and a rocky landscape. In the distance, small figures, presumably the sleeping disciples, can be seen, underscoring the isolation of Jesus in this moment of foreboding. Dürer’s fine lines and intricate details convey the textures of the natural surroundings and the intensity of the scene powerfully, reflecting his mastery as a printmaker and his contribution to the Northern Renaissance’s rich religious iconography.

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