Caravaggio 1573 – 1610

The Entombment

oil on canvas (300 × 203 cm) — ca. 1602/04 Museum Pinacoteca Apostolica, Vatican City

Caravaggio biography

This work is linked to Mark 15:46

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Monumental work by Caravaggio on the Entombment. Nicodemus and his helper (John?) have wrapped Jesus in cloths. The women look on and throw up their arms as the deceased is laid down. Hands and posture emphasize the arched composition.

Caravaggio shows himself a follower of Michelangelo and Raphael, two predecessors in art who had depicted the same scene – Michelangelo with his famous pietà, Raphael with his Entombment.

The painting first served as an altarpiece for Girolamo Vittrice's family chapel in the Chiesa Nuova in Rome, but is now part of the papal collection.

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