The Entombment of Christ

WAG 2792


Here Christ’s dead body is lifted on to a tombstone by his disciples. Mary Magdalene kneels and lifts Christ’s wounded hand. Behind Christ, the Virgin Mary faints with grief. The intense emotion of this work is highlighted by bold colour contrasts and dark shadows. This suggests a Venetian influence. Artists in Venice were able to access new pigments and materials through international trade. This allowed artists to experiment with colour.