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The Taking of Christ

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In this dramatic close-up view of the Arrest of Christ, each person is shown reacting in the moment after Judas's kiss revealed Christ to the soldiers. Vivid gestures and expressions tell the story: the soldiers seize Christ, St. Peter raises his knife to smite off the ear of an enemy, others...

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Private collection, Switzerland (?) [see note 1]. 1977, Gabinetto delle Stampe; 1977, sold by Gabinetto delle Stampe to Colnaghi, Zurich; 1977, consigned by Colnaghi, Zurich to Colnaghi, London; 1978, sold by Colnaghi to Bruno Meissner, Zurich and probably sold back to Colnaghi; 1979, sold by Colnaghi to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 14, 1979) NOTES: [1] According to notes in the curatorial file.

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Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection

about 1620


Overall: 148 x 194.3 cm (58 1/4 x 76 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas