Anthony Van Dyck 1599 – 1641

Jesus captured

oil on canvas (344 × 249 cm) — 1618-20 Museum Museo del Prado, Madrid

Anthony Van Dyck biography

This work is linked to Luke 22:48

This painting by Van Dyck, then 20 years old, shows the moment Judas betrayes his master by kissing him. That way he pointed out to the Roman soldiers which one in the group was Jesus. In the midst of all the turbulence Jesus stays remarkably calm.

At the time of creation of this work Van Dyck was probably already an assistent of the great Rubens, whose influence can be seen in the muscular figures.

Van Dyck made several studies before he started on the canvas. Here is one of them.

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