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17th Century
The betrayal of Christ
[La cattura di Cristo]
c 1617
Oil on canvas
211 x 142 cm  [HxW]
Private Collection

On a trip to Genoa in 1618 from his home town of Milan, Procaccini may have seen the dramatic baroque paintings of Rubens. Some influence from Rubens can be seen in the awkward pose of Jesus, the dramatic colour and the cropped composition. Jesus is shown here at the significant moment when Judas reaches to kiss him, the prearranged sign to identify Christ to the soldiers, who then throw ropes around him and take him prisoner.

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