Christ on the Mount of Olives (1515) by Albrecht Durer

Christ on the Mount of Olives - Albrecht Durer - 1515

Artwork Information

TitleChrist on the Mount of Olives
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France

About Christ on the Mount of Olives

The artwork “Christ on the Mount of Olives” by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1515, is a religious painting from the Northern Renaissance period and is housed at the Louvre in Paris, France. The image depicts a powerful biblical scene set during the night before Christ’s crucifixion. In the image, Jesus is seen in an anguished pose, apparently deep in prayer, turned towards a glowing chalice that symbolizes the cup of suffering he is about to endure. He occupies the left side of the drawing, positioned prominently and with an aura of intensity around him.

The disciples, likely representing Peter, James, and John, are depicted asleep in various poses of rest, completely oblivious to the momentous events unfolding. They are situated lower in the scene, which may symbolize their earthly concerns in contrast to Christ’s divine trial. The lines of the drawing show a remarkable fluidity and expressiveness characteristic of Dürer’s work, underlying the emotional depth of the scene. There’s a masterful play of light and shadow enhancing the feeling of a nocturnal scene.

The drawing exhibits Dürer’s skill with fine lines and detail, even in such an emotive context. His monogram “AD” and the year of completion, “1515,” are inscribed on the image, verifying its authenticity and creation date. The scene captures the simultaneous frailty and strength of Jesus’s human experience, bringing a deeply personal perspective to this pivotal moment in Christian narrative.

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