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1898, Frans Schwartz
The Gospel of Luke describes the Savior’s dark hours in Gethsemane: “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him” (Luke 22:43). Here the angel stands above the kneeling Christ, enveloping Him in a warm embrace. With wings extended, the angel seems to banish the darkness, if only for a moment. Schwartz captures the tenderness of the scene with loose and painterly brushstrokes quite different from the academic style of Bloch and Hofmann.