The Betrayal of Christ (after Van Dyck)
after Sir Anthony Van Dyck (Antwerp 1599 - London 1641)
Judas has approached Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane at night time. According to three of the biblical gospels he betrays him with a kiss. This may be the moment just after. They are surrounded by soldiers with burning torches and spears. One raises his hands, holding a rope, above Christ about to arrest him. The High Priest’s servant, Malchus, has fallen to the ground and is about to have his ear cut off by Simon Peter. The original painting, of which this is an early copy, was an early work by the artist, showing the influence of Venetian artists, is in the Museo del Prado, Madrid and was acquired from Rubens's estate by Philip IV of Spain.
Oil painting on canvas, The Betrayal of Christ, after Sir Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp 1599 - London 1641). The original painting in the Prado, Madrid, was acquired from Rubens's estate by Philip IV of Spain. Another copy is at Calke Abbey NT290410.
First recorded in 1731; bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981
Makers and roles
after Sir Anthony Van Dyck (Antwerp 1599 - London 1641), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640), artist