Judas approaches Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane at night. According to three of the Gospels, he betrays him with a kiss. Depicted here may be the moment just after that betrayal. They are surrounded by soldiers with burning torches and spears. One, holding a rope, raises his hands above Christ and is about to arrest him. The High Priest's servant, Malchus, has fallen to the ground and is about to have his ear cut off by Simon Peter.
The original painting, of which this is an early copy, is an early work by the artist and shows the influence of Venetian artists. It is in the Museo del Prado, Madrid and was acquired from Rubens' estate by Philip IV of Spain.
Where to see this painting?
National Trust, Kingston Lacy
Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England, BH21 4EA
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.