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The Taking of Christ
Osona, Francisco de; Osona, Rodrigo de
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Osona, Francisco de
Valencia (Spain), 1465 - Valencia, 1514
Osona, Rodrigo de
Valencia (Spain), 1440 - Valencia, 1518

The Taking of Christ

1490. Oil on panel.
Room 051A

This and five other panels at the Prado Museum (P6897, P6898, P6899, P6900, P6901), are some of the finest examples of the collaboration between Rodrigo and Francisco de Osona. They were probably designed as part of an altarpiece. The placement and physiognomy of the figures are in keeping with the style of this family of painters from Valencia. The diverse treatment of the paintings suggests the participation of some other member of their large workshop, beyond Rodrigo and his son, Francisco. Those stylistic changes are especially visible in the lower part of Jesus tunic in The Taking of Jesus, which is simpler and more hurried.

The expressive intensity characteristic of the Osonas is even more highly accentuated in this dramatic episode of the arrest of Christ, with Judas’s kiss and the episode of Malchus. The material treatment of armour and fabrics relates the work to Flemish art. On the other hand, the vast background landscape with its fantastic cliffs and luminous effects is inspired by Italian models.

Technical data

Inventory number
Osona, Francisco de; Osona, Rodrigo de
The Taking of Christ
Height: 126 cm; Width: 84 cm
Altarpiece of Santa Maria, Alicante?; Counts of Casas Rojas Collection; recovery by the State, from the United Kingdom and attached to the Museo del Prado in 1983.

Bibliography +

Ángulo Íñiguez, Diego, Primitivos valencianos en Madrid, Archivo español de arte y arqueologia, XIV, 1940-1941, pp. 87.

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Los grandes temas del arte cristiano en España, Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, Madrid, 1949.

Post, Chandler Rathfon, A history of Spanish Painting, XII, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1958, pp. 653-654.

Sotheby's London: catálogo de subasta, Sotheby's London, 1982/07/09, pp. 119-121.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 477.

Martínez-Burgos García, Palma, Ídolos e imágenes: la controversia del arte religioso en el, Universidad, Secretariado de PublicacionesCaja de, Valladolid, 1990, pp. 243 / lám. 52.

Museo del Prado, Últimas adquisiciones: 1982-1995, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1995.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Madrid, 1996, pp. 267.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, III, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2021.
Idem 2021. Prendimiento. / T. 1,28 X 0,86 / Cat. 6902.

Exhibitions +

Bartolomé Bermejo
14.02.2019 - 19.05.2019

Bartolomé Bermejo
09.10.2018 - 27.01.2019

Location +

Room 051A (On Display)


Displayed objects +



Shield / Coat of Arms


Lances / Spears

Sabre / Saber

Update date: 09-04-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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