Description: Joan Reixach (Active in Valencia 1431 - 1482 / 1495) "Prayer in the olive grove"
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Tempera, Oil and pricked gold on board. Originally from an altarpiece.
The painting depicts the episode from the Passion of Christ according to the Gospel of Saint Luke, the prayer in the olive grove which occurred after the last supper, and before His arrest in Gethsemane. In the centre of the scene Christ is kneeling in prayer. On his left are eight apostles in a cave and in the foreground on a diagonal are Peter, John and James. While the disciples sleep, Jesus prays, and an angel appears to comfort him carrying a chalice, symbol of the Passion. At the back, in perspective, a group of soldiers appears, headed by Judas coming from Jerusalem to seize Him. The panel is framed in its original crenellations. There are other versions of the Prayer in the Olive Grove by Joan Reixach in existence, they can be found in a predella with five scenes of the Passion of Christ, which comes from the seizure of the Carthusian Monastery of Portacoeli, Serra, Valencia, which happened around 1460 and in an eight scene predella which comes from an altarpiece at the Sogorb Eucarist Institution. Some of these are now in the Valencia Museum of Fine Art (Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia), there is another in the Chicago Art Institute and the last one is in the Pardo Collection in Paris. An important Valencian Gothic painter, Reixach trained with Jacomart. He painted numerous altarpieces, including the Saint Ursula and the hundred thousand virgins which is kept in the MNAC in Barcelona, the Saint Martin altarpiece for Segorbe Cathedral and that of Saint Catherine the Martyr in the Parish Church of Our Lady in Villahermosa del Río among other work. Work of his is also kept in the Museo del Prado, the Musée Goya de Castres in France, the Segorbe Cathedral Museum, The Colegiata in Xàtiva, the Norton Simon Foundation in Pasadena, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes inChile etc. Bibliography: “La clave flamenca en los primitivos valencianos”. Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia, 2001. Page 242. 93 x 80,5 cm.