Saturday, April 16, 2016

Jesus & Gardens in a tiny gem of a painting - The Garden at Gethsemane

The Agony in the Garden with the Donor Louis d’Orléans, Artist Colart de Laon?, a 15C French painting depicting Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane while Peter, John, and James slumber. Prado

This painting is a small piece, probably intended for a use in a private chapel rather than a large church. Louis I, Duke of Orléans, became regent of France, when his older brother Charles VI went insane, and then Duke of Orleans was assassinated by his cousin & co-regent John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy. His murderer John’s courage against Ottoman forces in the Battle of Nicopolis (1396) earned him his nickname, and his bullheaded vanity helped ensure his side was utterly routed. You can read all about it in Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century.