The Agony in the Garden, by Carlo Maratta (1625-1713).

Oil on canvas, 77cm by 98cm. In a carved and giltwood frame.

Carlo Maratta was one of the leading artists in Rome by the 1680s and was a painter much favoured by John, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700).

The earl bought a number of works from Maratta, his steward recording a payment of 600 crowns to the artist in the winter of 1683-4, as the party made its way home from Naples at the end of the second Grand Tour.

The painting depicts Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane after the Last Supper, in contemplation of His fate.


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