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Arrest of Christ
  • Guercino
    born: Cento, Papal States (present-day Italy) ; died: Bologna, Papal States (present-day Italy) ; active: Papal States (present-day Italy)
  • Arrest of Christ, circa 1621
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 56.2 x 76.5 cm
    Canvas/Support: 22 1/8 x 30 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1950.0005

Detail of larger painting by Guercino in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. The head and shoulders of the central figure of Christ create a strong diagonal across the painting. The figure is lit by a lantern held by the arresting soldiers depicted at the upper right, the use of a single light source creates a dramatic chiaroscuro effect.