Circle of Maître François (Central France)
Leaf from a Book of Hours:
The Betrayal of Christ (Hours of the Cross, Matins), about 1470-85
Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum
The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection [Cat. no. 52]
This scene is described in all four Gospels. It depicts the solemn moment of Christ's arrest in the garden of Gethsemane, when he is betrayed by the kiss of his apostle, Judas. Following medieval artistic convention, Judas is usually depicted shorter than Christ. At the right, Simon Peter may be seen sheathing his sword while Christ heals the servant whose ear Peter cut off.