The Agony in the Garden, by Giambattista Tiepolo (1696-1770).

Oil on canvas, 46cm by 28cm. En brunaille, in a period frame.

The title of the painting refers to the period that Jesus spent in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane after the Last Supper and before His arrest.

Tiepolo was one of the greatest Venetian Masters of the 18th Century and one of the most prolific.

This is one of the few 18th Century Italian paintings in the Burghley Collection and, unusually, it is painted ‘en brunaille,’ rather than ‘en grisaille.’

It was acquired in 1891 by William Alleyne, 3rd Marquess of Exeter (1825-1895).


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