This drawing illustrates Christ's agony as recounted in the Gospel of Saint Luke: "He himself withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and began to pray: `Father, if it be thy will, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but thine be done.' And now there appeared to him an angel from heaven bringing him strength, and in anguish of spirit he prayed the more urgently; and his sweat was like clots of blood falling to the ground."


  • Title: The Agony in the Garden
  • Creator: Pietro Novelli
  • Date Created: about 1640 ?
  • Physical Dimensions: 28.9 × 21.3 cm (11 3/8 × 8 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink and brown wash over traces of black chalk; remnants of old ruled framing lines in dark brown ink along all four edges
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 94.GA.96
  • Culture: Italian
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Circle of Pietro Novelli (Italian (Sicilian), 1603 - 1647)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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