Christ On the Mount of Olives

About the Artist

There is no information on the artist of the featured painting, or when it was finished. Similar paintings of the Biblical episode, which had Jesus Christ making an impassioned  request to God in the Garden of Gethsemane while his disciples slept, were created by Caravaggio (1571–1610) and Paul Gauguin (1848–1903).

From The Bible

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane***, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

*** The Garden of Gethsemane sits on the base of the Mount of Olives.

Matthew 26(36-41)

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