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Print - The Agony in the Garden
  • The Agony in the Garden
    Dürer, Albrecht, born 1471 - died 1528
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The Agony in the Garden

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg (made)

  • Date:

    1496-1497 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dürer, Albrecht, born 1471 - died 1528 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woodcut on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss G. E. Carthew

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EW, shelf 143, box M

This print is one of a set of 12 woodcuts that tell the story of the Crucifixion and Passion of Christ. The German painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer transformed the narrative and expressive potential of printmaking. His 'Large Passion' series is a vivid and animated rendering of the gospel story.

In this scene Christ kneels and prays in the Garden of Gethsemane while his disciples sleep. In anguish he asks God whether he can be spared the coming ordeal, saying, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me’. In the background soldiers, guided by Judas, are already advancing to arrest him.

Physical description

Black and white woodcut. Christ is depicted kneeling in the garden gesturing to an angel holding a chalice. Three diciples are shown sleeping and soldiers are entering the garden in the background

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (made)


1496-1497 (made)


Dürer, Albrecht, born 1471 - died 1528 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Woodcut on paper


Height: 38.9 cm, Width: 27.6 cm

Descriptive line

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528); 'The Agony in the Garden' from the 'Large Passion' series; 1496-97; woodcut





Subjects depicted

Christianity; Betrayal


Prints; Religion


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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