Hans Holbein the Younger 1497/8 – 1543

Christ's Body in the Grave

tempera on panel (30 × 200 cm) — 1522 Museum Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

Hans Holbein the Younger biography

This work is linked to Luke 23:56

Tags: Entombment

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Large as life the emaciated body is lying in the grave.

In the history of art, the proportions of this painting are exceptional. Holbein probably made it for the Swiss jurist and humanist Bonifacius Amerbach (1495-1562), who wanted an epitaph for his parents in Basel's charterhouse. For reasons unknown it never made it to the monastery.

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