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Studies of the Arrest of Christ

1595-1605
16th century
19.9 cm x 27.4 cm (7 13/16 in. x 10 13/16 in.)

Ventura Salimbeni (Siena, 1568 - 1613) Primary

Object Type: drawing
Artist Nationality: Europe, Italian
Medium and Support: Black chalk with brown pen and ink and traces of white chalk
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.1358

Salimbeni’s later drawing, Studies for the Arrest of Christ, is a conflagration of violence, set in motion by Judas’ kiss. The strokes of the chalk are light and rapid, giving the figures an attenuated elegance and the action a visceral energy.

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