Heaven-Sent Angels in Art

Enjoy these depictions of the moment an angel appeared to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The Gospel of Luke tells us that, shortly before his arrest, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” The artists here depict the next moment, when “an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him” (Luke 22:42-43).

Agony in the Garden, by Frans Schwartz, 1898. Credit: Alamy

1 of 3 Agony in the Garden

Frans Schwartz (1850–1917) Danish painter and etcher

An angel comforting Jesus before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, by Carl Bloch, 1873. Credit: Alamy

2 of 3 An Angel Comforting Jesus Before His Arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane

Carl Bloch (1834–1890) Danish artist

Agony in the Garden, by George Richmond, 1858. Credit: Alamy

3 of 3 Agony in the Garden

George Richmond (1809–1896) English painter and portraitist

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