The Betrayal of Christ, between 1437 and 1444

  • Sassetta, Italian, ca. 1400-1450

Tempera, silver and gold leaf on poplar panel

  • Image (approx.): 14 5/16 × 23 5/16 inches (36.4 × 59.2 cm) Unframed (irreg.): 14 3/4 × 23 5/16 × 1 5/16 inches (37.5 × 59.2 × 3.4 cm)
  • 27 5/8 × 32 5/8 inches (70.2 × 82.9 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund

46.56

On View

  • European: Medieval and Renaissance W241

Department

European Painting

  • Religious art
  • Christianity
  • Soldiers
  • Religion
  • Poplar
  • Leaf (metal)
  • Panel (wood)
  • Tempera
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Figures (representations)
  • Predella
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Panel painting (painting by form)
  • Siena
  • Christ
  • Judas

Davenport Bromley (London, England)

1927, (R. Langton Douglas, London, England)

gift to F. Mason Perkins (Assisi and Lastra a Signa, Italy)

1938, by inheritance to Mrs. F. Mason Perkins (London, England)

1946-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Sassetta, The Betrayal of Christ, between 1437 and 1444, tempera, silver and gold leaf on poplar panel. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund, 46.56.