Judas Betrays Jesus

6th century
Church of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna

This is one of the 13 mosaics of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ along the upper band of the right wall of the nave. The event is narrated in Matthew 26:47-50, Mark 14:43-45, Luke 22:47-48, and John 18:2-3.

The left side of the mosaic follows John, who says Judas brought with him "a band of soldiers and servants from the chief priests and the Pharisees." The two soldiers wear boots and short tunics. Behind them the priests are represented by a man dressed as a 6th-century ecclesiastic, with a white dalmatic and brown chasuble. The same man hustles Jesus off to the Sanhedrin in the next scene.

In the center of the panel we see Judas' kiss. On the right, St. Peter draws his sword. On the far left, torches signify the night-time setting of the narratives.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.