Caravaggio - Taking of Christ 1602

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Caravaggio - Taking of Christ 1602

Taking of Christ 1602
133x169cm oil/canvas
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
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From National Gallery of Ireland:
Caravaggio painted this extraordinary work for the Roman Marquis Ciriaco Mattei in 1602. Offering a new visual approach to the biblical story, Caravaggio placed the figures close to the picture plane and used a strong light-and-dark contrast, giving the scene an extraordinary sense of drama. Judas has identified Christ with a kiss, as the temple guards move in to seize Him. Thought to be lost for many years, the painting was rediscovered at the Jesuit House on Leeson Street, Dublin, in 1987.