The Betrayal of Christ

Artist: Bartolomeo di Tommaso (Italian, Umbrian, active by 1425–died 1453/54)

Date: ca. 1445–50

Medium: Tempera on wood

Dimensions: Overall 8 3/4 x 17 in. (22.2 x 43.2 cm); irregular painted surface 7 3/4 x 16 1/8 in. (19.7 x 41 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gwynne Andrews Fund, 1958

Accession Number: 58.87.1


These two panels from the base (predella) of an altarpiece show three episodes from the Bible: in one Christ is arrested (the naked man is an apostle—John or Mark—fleeing, in accordance with Mark 14:51–52). In the other Christ’s body is mourned and then buried. Bartolomeo di Tommaso is an artist of strikingly modern expressive power, unfettered by the concerns for naturalism embraced by Renaissance painters.