Anthony Van Dyck 1599 – 1641

Jesus captured (study)

drawing with pen and brush (22 × 23 cm) — c. 1618 Museum Albertina, Vienna

Anthony Van Dyck biography

This work is linked to Luke 22:48

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Judas kisses Jesus as a way to identify him to the Roman soldiers that want to capture him.

This drawing is a study for the large canvas with The Capture of Christ which now is in the Prado in Madrid.

Van Dyck here used bistre, a brown pigment with a yellowish cast made from the soot of burned beech trees.

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