The Agony in the Garden
Ca. 1750
22.25" x 17.75"
Painting, oil on copper
Region: Guatemala, Mexico
According to all four Gospels, immediately after the Last Supper, Jesus took a walk to pray. Jesus was accompanied by the Apostles Peter, John and James, whom he asked to stay awake and pray with him. Overwhelmed with sadness and anguish, Jesus spoke out and said "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as you, not I, would have it." Later Jesus said, "If this cup cannot pass by, but I must drink it, your will be done! He said this prayer three times, checking on the three apostles between each prayer and finding them asleep. He commented: "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak". An angel came from heaven to strengthen him during his agony.

In The Agony in the Garden, the central figure of Christ is being presented with a cup by an angel carrying the symbolic cross with the three sleeping Apostles below him. In the foreground, Judas is entering the garden with the Roman soldiers that are coming to arrest Jesus. This work is surrounded by a floral frame.