Francesco Solimena

Italian, 1657–1747

The Agony in the Garden, c. 1725

Conté crayon on paper

24.3 x 17.6 cm Image: 20.7 x 16 cm

Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from The Winnipeg Foundation

G-74-40

Categories:

Drawing, Works on Paper

As one of the leaders of the Neapolitan School in the early eighteenth century, Francesco Solimena was a highly influential painter whose work reflected both the exuberant Baroque style of his predecessor Luca Giordano, and the classical tendencies of the Roman artist Pietro de Cortona. Through the patronage of Charles III (1716–1788), the Bourbon ruler of Naples and later King of Spain, Solimena received many important commissions, including royal portraits. This preparatory sketch in Conté crayon shows the scene of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane before his Crucifixion. Through a series of vigorous lines and shading, Solimena attempts to convey the agonizing spiritual turmoil of Christ as he struggles to reconcile the conflict between the human side of his nature—fearful of his imminent suffering—and his divine nature, represented by the angel sent to strengthen him. Here Christ is presented with the sacrificial Eucharist cup and the burden of the cross borne upon the angel’s shoulder.

Sign up for e-news

Gallery Hours

  • Tuesday 11am-5pm
  • Wednesday 11am-5pm
  • Thursday 11am-5pm
  • Friday 11am-9pm
  • Saturday 11am-5pm
  • Sunday 11am-5pm
  • Closed Monday

Open on the following days:

  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • August Civic Holiday
  • Labour Day
  • Remembrance Day (open 1-5pm)
  • Christmas Eve (close at 2pm)
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year's Day
  • Louis Riel Day
  • February 23 (open at 2pm)
  • Easter

Closed on the following holidays:

  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

WAG Social Media

Share This

This should be hidden