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Image of The Arrest of Christ

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The Arrest of Christ

Workshop of Hieronymus Bosch, Dutch, (ca. 1450–1516)
Hieronymus Bosch, Dutch, (ca. 1450–1516)

Creation date: ca. 1515
Creation place: Netherlands

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil and tempera on panel
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam
Accession Number: 1938.241
Dimensions: 19 7/8 in. x 31 15/16 in. (50.48 cm x 81.12 cm)

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Hieronymus Bosch is best known for fantastic, visionary paintings such as the Garden of Earthly Delights (Madrid, Museo del Prado), but even when painting more familiar religious subjects, he often distorted his figures into something like caricature for more powerful effect. This painting, for example, contrasts the bestial ugliness of Christ’s tormenters with the serene image of Christ himself. The composition was initially devised for an altarpiece dedicated to the Passion of Christ. Bosch’s works were so popular, however, that the artist and his workshop often took motifs from his altarpieces and turned them into independent paintings. The San Diego panel is an example of this new genre of “the dramatic close-up.”
Last Updated: 4/4/2016


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Permanent Collections exhibit , 00/00/00 - 4/26/1982

Masterpieces of Art Art Associates, Inc. , 5/27/1939 - 10/31/1939

Seven Centuries of Painting The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor , 12/29/1939 - 1/28/1940

Holbein and His Contemporaries John Heron Art Museum , 10/22/1950 - 12/24/1950

5 year loan to the new Timken Art Gallery , 9/2/1965 - 9/2/1970

Lust und Verlust: Kölner Sammler zwischen Trikolore und Preußenadler Wallraf-Richartz-Museum , 10/28/1995 - 1/28/1996

Art of Devotion The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/28/2016 - 00/00/00

Justin Sterling: Chapel of the Rocks The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/29/2022 - 2/12/2023


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Julia Gethman Andrews (DUP). A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 104, 105, Figure Number: 105

Christoph Schaden. Lust und Verlust: Druck & Verlaghaus Wienand. Köln, 1995
Page Number: 571

Hiltrud Kier and Frank Günter Zehnder. Lust und Verlust: Druck & Verlaghaus Wienand. Köln, 1995
Page Number: 71, Figure Number: 71

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 36, 41, Figure Number: 41

Agnes Mongan and Elizabeth Mongan. European Paintings in The Timken Art Gallery: Putnam Foundation. San Diego, California, 1969
Page Number: 62, 63, 120-121, Figure Number: 21

Regina Shoolman and Charles E. Slatkin. The Enjoyment of Art in America: J.B. Lippincott Company. New York, New York, 1942
Page Number: 399, 417, Figure Number: 362

John D. Morse. Old Master Paintings in North America Abbeville Press Publishers. New York, New York, 1979
Page Number: 22, 23, Figure Number: 22

William Wyatt Davenport. Art Treasures in the West Lane Magazine & Book Company. Menlo Park, California, 1966
Page Number: 26, Figure Number: 26

Peyton Boswell, Jr., ed. The Art Digest The Art Digest, Inc.. New York, New York, March 1, 1939
Page Number: 21, Figure Number: 21

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. Apollo The Financial Times Ltd.. London, United Kingdom, June 1982
Page Number: 444, Figure Number: 7

Sixten Ringbom. Icon to Narrative: Davaco Publishers. Doornspuk, The Netherlands, 1984
Page Number: 163 note 78

Seven Centuries of Painting The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. San Francisco, California, 1939
Page Number: 30 no. L-11

Holbein and His Contemporaries John Herron Art Museum. Indianapolis, Indiana, 1950
Page Number: Cat. no. 8, Figure Number: 8

Mr. Charles de Tolnay. Hieronymus Bosch Reynal & Company. United States, 1966
Page Number: 380 no. 43, Figure Number: 47

Jacques Lassaigne. Flemish Painting from Bosch to Rubens Albert Skira. Paris, France, 1958
Page Number: 12-13

William R. Valentiner, ed. The Art Quarterly Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, Michigan, Spring 1939
Page Number: 188, Figure Number: 188

Mr. George Henry McCall. Catalogue of the European Paintings and Sculpture from 1300–1800 Art Associates, Inc.. New York, New York, 1939
Page Number: 10 no. 18, Figure Number: 54


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