Our Saviour in the Garden of Gethsemane, (painting)
VanDeVelde, Adrian 1639-1672
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 35
Born at Amsterdam, in 1639--Died 1672, aged 33. This admirable artist was placed under John Wynants, the landscape painter, . . . DESCRIPTION. The subject is Our Saviour praying in the garden of Gethsemane. The artist has chosen the time when the angel appears to comfort and strengthen him during his sorrows. . . . On the left of the picture, the three disciples whom their master left to watch, are seen sleeping; in the distance the soldiers are entering the garden to arrest our Saviour, headed by the treacherous Judas. The group is illumined partially by the light of the moon, and partly by the lighted torches which are borne by some of their party, . . . from the figure of the angel who is supporting the Redeemer, emanates a splendour which reflects on Christ, that rivals the light of the sun. The colour is in harmony with the subject; the expression in the countenance of the saviour, is such as could only result from the most pathetic imagination; it exhibits all the divinity which sacred history Designates in the person of the Redeemer: no sorrow was ever more deeply delineated--the eyes are suffused with tears, yet the divine beauty of the visage is not disturbed, nor its majesty impaired--meekness and resignation are truly characterized, . . . [Pp. 33-35.]
A Catalogue of Italian, Flemish, Spanish, Dutch, French, and English Pictures; which have been collected in Europe and brought to this country by Mr. Richard Abraham, of New Bond Street, London, and are now exhibiting at the American Academy of Fine Arts. March, 1830. Admittance, forty cents. Children under twelve years, half price. Catalogues, twelve and a half cents. New York: Printed by R. & G.S. Wood, No. 265 Pearl Street.