The Betrayal of Christ

Willem Vrelantearly 1460s

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Judas leans in from behind to kiss Christ, a signal that reveals Jesus' identity to the soldiers, who then seize Christ. The brightly colored clothing and swift movements of the soldiers contrast with the somber attire and stationary figure of Christ himself, who projects a passive mood of calm acceptance. The image is the first in a series of depictions of the Passion of Christ that accompanies a sequence of prayers devoted to the same subject.

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  • Title: The Betrayal of Christ
  • Date Created: early 1460s
  • Location Created: Bruges, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: w17.3 x h25.6 cm
  • Type: Folio
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  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=3956
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Willem Vrelant (Flemish, died 1481, active 1454 - 1481)
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  • Subject: Soldiers, Betrayal of Christ, Judas Iscariot