This beautiful terracotta relief represents the Taking of Jesus in the Garden. This episode of the New Testament tells how Judas came to meet Christ and kissed him in order to designate him to the soldiers who came to arrest him.
Here, two of them grab Jesus while on his left, Judas grabs his coat, pointing to it. His wrists tied, his gaze lowered, Christ appears subject to the will of God, determined to consent to his destiny. These notions of self-giving and acceptance of one's fate are consistent with the principles of the Counter-Reformation, which reaffirms that human salvation depends on God but also on the collaboration of the believer. In this context, art is put at the service of religion and therefore has the mission of teaching and moving. This will is expressed in particular through the pathos expressed by the posture of Christ on our relief, or even by the very particular attention paid to the expressive and animated representation of the drapery of the characters.
This theatricality invites us to situate this work between the heyday of the Baroque and the first Italian Rococo creations, embodied in painting by famous masters like Giambattista Tiepolo whose vibrant touch, the dancing aspect of his characters and his taste for the elegant representation of the costume of the Roman soldier, find here a very particular echo.