The Arrest of Jesus.
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Title:The Arrest of Jesus

Most likely produced in the 17th century, these wall murals of the Passion were produced in the "Gondarene" style that combined Portuguese, Indian, and northern Ethiopian elements. Near Lake Tana, it is one of several churches established as the Ethiopians began to settle more permanently. The murals were produced on cotton fabric and then adhered to the walls of the church. This technique gave the artist the ability to paint in thin, sharp detail. We see the face of Christ as an elegant, tawny-skinned, dark-haired Savior, while the fair-haired soldiers who arrest him have simpleton expressions.

Date:17th century?
Building:Church of Bet Mercurios
City/Town:Bet Mercurios

Scripture:John 18:1-19:42
Lectionary links:AHoly05
General Subject:Arrest of Jesus

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Record Number:54252 Last Updated: 2011-04-09 15:24:07 Record Created: 2009-03-19 13:18:09
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Grove Art Online. Oxford University Press, 2004.