Christ in Gethsemane


Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1880



Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1880

The altar painting Christ in Gethsemane is a revised version of the 1875 painting int he King’s Oratory at Frederiksborg Castle and was the basis for the 1880 etching of the same subject. The figures have been reversed, and the Savior’s arms slump to the ground. Christ’s red robe suggests the effusion of blood that came from every pore. The sunlight streams through the window to the right of the altar, emphasizing the ray of light in the painting. The light penetrates the heavy darkness surrounding the figures of Christ and the angel, thereby illuminating this act of incomprehensible love. (Excerpt taken from The Master’s Hand: The Art of Carl Heinrich Bloch)

“And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” – Luke 22: 39 – 44


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Canvas, Paper


10" x 7.2", 14" x 10.1", 21" x 15.2", 30" x 21.8", 36" x 26.1"


Black, Champagne, Espresso, Natural, Print Only


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