Edward Armitage

The Remorse of Judas

1866

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Edward Armitage 1817–1896
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1276 x 2013 mm
frame: 1590 x 2327 x 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1866
Reference
N00759

Display caption

Armitage was one of the main exponents of public art in Britain, having trained in Paris under the historical painter Paul Delaroche. This ambitious religious painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1866 and immediately afterwards was presented by the artist to the National Gallery. It depicts the passage in St Matthew when the repentant Judas offers back the thirty pieces of silver to the high priests who are shown turning their backs on him with disdain. A vulture flies overhead as a symbol of blood and ill-omen, adding to the portentous nature of the scene.

Gallery label, November 2016

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