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The agony of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane; an angel descends to strengthen him while cherubs hover with the instruments of the Passion. Engraving by C. Bouzonnet Stella after J. Stella.

  • Stella, Jacques, 1596-1657.
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[ca. 1700?]
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24590i
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Bible. N.T. Matthew 26.36-46; Mark 14.32-42; Luke 22.39-46. It is uncertain which particular biblical narrative is intended, although the supporting angel relates the image to the scene of doubt in the garden of Gethsemane. There he cries to God to "take this cup away from me". The ghostly figures behind Christ and the angel are the holy women. Soldiers with torches approach in the distance. Two groups of cherubs hold up the cross at the base and the top. The others tearfully congregate around a reed cross, a crown of thorns, nails, a spanner, a bell, the inscription above the cross, the sudarium, two lances (one bearing the sponge with the vinegar), a ladder and a spilled bag of coins. A crowing cock stands on the branch of a tree behind them

Publication/Creation

[Lyons?] : [Michel de Masso?], [ca. 1700?]

Physical description

1 print : line engraving ; platemark 45.5 x 34.4 cm

Lettering

N. Poussin in et pinx. Cluadia [sic] Stella

Creator/production credits

The lettering includes an attribution of the composition to Poussin

References note

R.A. Weigert, Inventaire du fonds français, graveurs du XVIIe siècle, Bibliothèque nationale, Département des estampes, tome II, Paris 1951, p. 82 (as published by Michel de Masso of Lyon)
Anthony Blunt, 'Jacques Stella, the De Masso family and falsifications of Poussin', The Burlington Magazine, CXVI (December 1974): 744-749

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Bears number: 4

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 24590i

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