Fulmat Television and Film Limited

The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio

'The Taking of Christ'
by Caravaggio

transmitted 11 April 2009

When Caravaggio completed his painting of the betrayal and arrest of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, it quickly became one of the most celebrated paintings of its time. But spool forward two centuries and the painting has vanished.

The Taking of Christ, one of the most radical religious images of any time, became known as the lost masterpiece.  This programme tells the enthralling story of the painting and its rediscovery in 1990.