The Arrest of Christ

Unknownabout 1510–1520

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

One of a series of windows depicting the Passion of Christ, this panel shows the Arrest of Christ in the center. The museum owns two other panels from the same set (Flagellation of Christ and Christ Carrying the Cross). Here Judas, with a bag of money hanging around his neck, greets Christ, identifying him to be arrested by the soldiers grouped behind them. The disciple Peter stands at the left holding a sword, and the high priest’s servant, whose ear Peter cut off, lies in the foreground. The pane centered below shows a pedestal, as if supporting the image; and, that directly above represents the top part of a canopy with a pair of putti holding a swag of laurel. Together the central vertical group may have been intended to resemble a hooded lantern or reliquary. These center panes are flanked by ones with acanthus leaves from which emerge cornucopia supporting putti blowing horns. It appears that the individual panes have been trimmed down at some point. Note, for example, how the end of Peter’s sword and the bottom edge of the canopy, as well as the inside ends of the cornucopia horns, seem to have been cut off.


  • Title: The Arrest of Christ
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1510–1520
  • Location Created: North Netherlands
  • Physical Dimensions: 59 × 50.8 × 1 cm (23 1/4 × 20 × 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Stained glass
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Colorless glass, vitreous paint, silver stain, and sanguine; lead came
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2003.63.1
  • Culture: North Netherlandish
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown maker, North Netherlandish
  • Classification: Decorative Art (Art Genre)

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