Entombment of Christ

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  • Entombment of Christ
  • Entombment
  • View: Overall view without frame

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Title

Entombment of Christ
Entombment
View: Overall view without frame

Subject

New Testament; Jesus Christ; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint

Description

The painting was originally commissioned by Alessandro Vittrice in 1601, and completed by two years later. It is now in the Vatican Pinacoteca (a copy is in the chapel). Three out of five of the altarpieces that he delivered between 1602 and 1606 were either rejected outright or soon taken down. Only the Entombment for the Vittrice Chapel in the Chiesa Nuova and the Madonna of Loreto (or Madonna of the Pilgrims, 1604-1605; Rome, S Agostino) prospered, both destined to become highly popular devotional works, not least with the poor. In the public commission of the Entombment, the outstretched arms of the Virgin double as a protective gesture and an allusion to the crucifixion, while the raised arms of Mary Cleophas incorporate a climax to the mourners’ grief and hint at Christ’s future resurrection. The quality of ritualistic mime that Caravaggio thereby brings to his gripping tableaux vivants has much in common with the modern theatre.

Creator

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian painter, 1571-1610)

Source

Description: Grove Art Online; http://www.oxfordartonline.com/

Date

1602-1604 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

publicDomain

Format

oil on canvas
300 cm (height) x 203 cm (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

cara007x.jpg

Coverage

Pinacoteca Vaticana (Rome (Vatican City), Santa Sede (Holy See), Italy); Viale Vaticano
Baroque

Files

Citation

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian painter, 1571-1610), “Entombment of Christ,” Institute Images Online, accessed August 20, 2018, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2779.

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