The Agony in the Garden
From the Large Passion, Edition after 1511 (without text)
Northern Europe, German
15 3/8 in. x 11 in. (39.05 cm x 27.94 cm)
Medium and Support:
Woodcut on heavy laid paper
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr.
Dürer expressed a life-long interest in the Passion of Christ, executing six series on the subject in all.
The story of Christ’s Agony in the Garden is recorded in the gospels of Matthew (26: 36-46), Mark (14: 32-42), and Luke (22: 39-46). After the Last Supper, Christ, together with Peter, John, and James, went to the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives, outside Jerusalem.
The composition of the first is crowded with a wealth of details, especially in the profusion of vegetation. In fact, the plants and rock formations are very similar to those in the 1496 St. Jerome Penitent in the Wilderness. For Dürer, nature’s details not only revealed the glory of God, but they also provided a basis for art.