Artist Sassetta, Italian, ca. 1400-1450
Title
  • The Agony in the Garden
Date between 1437 and 1444
Medium tempera, silver and gold leaf on poplar panel
Dimensions Image: 17 1/8 × 23 1/4 inches (43.5 × 59 cm)
Unframed (irreg.): 19 1/4 × 24 15/16 × 1 1/4 inches (48.9 × 63.4 × 3.1 cm)
Framed: 27 7/16 × 32 3/8 inches (69.7 × 82.2 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Ralph Harman Booth Bequest Fund
Accession Number 53.270
Department European Painting
On View European: Medieval and Renaissance W241, Level 2 (see map)
possibly Florentine collection;
3rd Earl of Ashburnham (Ashburnham Place, Sussex, England);
Bertram, 4th Earl of Ashburnham [d. 1878] (Ashburnham Place, Sussex, England);
1953, by inheritance to Lady Catherine Ashburnham;
June 24, 1953, sold by (Sotheby's, London, England) "The Ashburnham Collections, Part I: Catalogue of Paintings and Drawings of the Continental School" lot 13;
(purchased by Agnew's on behalf of DIA).
1953, purchased by Agnew's on behalf of the Detroit Institute of Arts;
1953-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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