The Agony in the Garden

Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 609

This panel was originally part of the base (predella) of the nearby altarpiece, one of three scenes focused on Christ’s last days. Christ prays before his arrest, while his disciples slumber around him. The small angel who proffers a chalice or cup is a visualization of Christ’s thoughts—“let this cup pass from me”—as he slowly accepts his fate. Raphael depicted the scene in a delicate landscape, with each of the sleeping followers in a carefully observed pose.

The Agony in the Garden, Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, Urbino 1483–1520 Rome), Oil on wood

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