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Vita Christi
Italy, Lombardy, between 1500 and 1550
MS M.508 fol. 22r

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Christ: Betrayal and Arrest -- Christ, crossed nimbus, extending right hand and raising left hand, is embraced and kissed by Judas. They are flanked by soldiers wearing armor and helmets, some holding spears, one holding banner, two holding halberds, one holding torch, and one extending right hand to right arm of Christ. At left is man wearing hat. At right is man, mouth open, raising right hand, wearing diaphanous loincloth, before soldier (Christ: Betrayal, Young Man fleeing). Apostle, Peter: cutting off Ear of Malchus -- In foreground Peter holding knife with right hand, leans on fallen Malchus, right side of head bleeding, torch falling from right hand. Landscape with buildings in background. Text of Matthew 26:47-53 on betrayal of Christ is on fol. 18v.

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