Kiss of Judas: accompanied by soldiers with torches and lanterns, he kisses Christ. The scene is described in the Bible: Matthew 26:51, Mark 14:47, Luke 22:47, John 18:3-10 (Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's slave (Malchus) and cut off his right ear." John 18:10)

The Betrayal of Christ, c. 1618–1620

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Looser and less formal than the portraits that made him famous, this work was completed shortly before Van Dyck began a six-year stint in Italy. It follows the biblical description of Jesus Christ’s betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples, brings a band of soldiers and religious officers with lanterns, torches, and weapons to arrest Jesus, whom Judas identifies with a kiss.

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Anthony van Dyck, The Betrayal of Christ (#703)
Details
Title
The Betrayal of Christ
Artist Life
1599–1641
Role
Artist
Accession Number
57.45
Catalogue Raisonne
Barnes, 2004: I.20
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Kiss of Judas: accompanied by soldiers with torches and lanterns, he kisses Christ. The scene is described in the Bible: Matthew 26:51, Mark 14:47, Luke 22:47, John 18:3-10 (Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's slave (Malchus) and cut off his right ear." John 18:10)