Hans Memling ca. 1433 – 1494

The Descent from the Cross

oil on panel (54 × 38 cm) — 1494 Museum Capilla Real, Granada

Hans Memling biography

This work is linked to John 19:38

Joseph of Arimathaea (to the right), Nicodemus (left) and a third man take Christ's body from the cross. The cross is not visible. The painting is almost completely filled with figures. The body of Christ is almost fully shown. Of the other figures, not more than up to half of their bodies is visible.

This Deposition is the left panel of a diptych. The other panel, also in Granada, shows a group of mourning women with John. It has a landscape in the background that matches the one in this panel. Yet the scenes are separate.

Tags: Deposition

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