BYU Museum of Art acquires new Italian masterwork

Aug 10, 2022 407

BY: Ashtyn Asay

The Brigham Young University Museum of Art has acquired a new painting by Italian artist Luca Giordano via donation. Giordano’s “El Prendimiento de Cristo, The Arrest of Christ,” illustrates a scene from the New Testament where Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss while the two are surrounded by soldiers. 

The painting went up for auction in Barcelona, Spain, last year where the museum was able to acquire it due to a donation from Labor and Honor, the Andrea and James Clarke Family Foundation. “Acquiring a 17th century Italian painting of this caliber is an incredible opportunity, particularly one that focuses on scenes from the Life of Christ,” Janalee Emmer, director of the MOA, said in a press release.

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