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Taking Of Christ

$8,700.00 Auction

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Taking Of Christ
painting of a man enjoying two paintings by Caravaggio

Gerard Boersma
acrylic on panel (masonite)
±47 1/4" x 29" or 120 x 74 cm
reserve price €3000

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Caravaggio's dramatic painting The Taking of Christ depicts the events of the night of Holy Thursday. Judas has identified Christ with a kiss, and the temple guards move to make their arrest as another disciple flees the scene.

The image would have encouraged viewers to follow Christ's example, to place forgiveness before revenge, and to engage in spiritual rather than physical combat. Caravaggio presents the scene as if it were a frozen moment, to which the over-crowded composition and violent gestures contribute dramatic impact.

On Boy Bitten by a Lizard we see Caravaggio himself dressed as an effeminate Bacchus who has reached down to pluck a cherry only to have his middle finger bitten by a lizard. It is a sarky Italian lament on the brevity of sensual pleasures. The lizard, representing old age also symbolizes the fact that one doesn't stay young forever and that their will be an end eventually.

Taking Of Christ is an original, 100% handmade painting and comes with a hand signed Certificate of Authenticity. The painting is signed at the back and front.

Shipping takes about two weeks no matter where you live in the world. You'll receive your painting safely packaged in a wooden crate and ready to install immediately.

Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions. I would be happy to answer all of your inquiries personally.

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kind regards, Gerard Boersma

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