The Entombment

WAG 5109


This work is a copy of Tintoretto's Entombment, painted for San Francesco della Vigna in Venice, now in the Duke of Sutherland's collection. It shows the altarpiece before the lower half was removed, leaving only the angel holding a crown of thorns which is now lost. This is one of the artworks presented by the Liverpol Royal Institution. Liverpool's economic development grew directly from Britain's involvement with transatlantic slavery: the kidnapping, enslavement and forced migration of people from West Africa to the Americas and many to the Caribbean. Many members of the Royal Institution made their fortunes directly through the trade or indirectly through the wider economy. this wealth was laregely how they were able to bring rare art and treasures, such as this, to the city.