Titian 1487/90 – 1576

The Entombment

oil on canvas (148 × 212 cm) — c. 1520 Museum Musée du Louvre, Paris

Titian biography

This work is linked to Mark 15:46

Tags: Entombment

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Pontius Pilatus had given permission to Joseph of Arimathea to take down and bury Christ's body. Joseph is the man to the left. To the right is Nicodemus. John the Evangelist holds Christ's right hand. The grieving Mary is comforted by Mary Magdalene.

The postures of the figures create an oval which makes this a cohesive composition. The twilight glow is appropriate for the dramatic tension of the episode.

Titian probably made this canvas for the family of the Duke of Mantua.

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