Aug 10, 2006

The Entombment

The Entombment

c. 1550s

Andrea Schiavone

(Italian, c. 1500-1563)


Support: Cream(1) laid paper

Sheet: 32.8 x 24.3 cm (12 15/16 x 9 9/16 in.); Image: 30.5 x 22.3 cm (12 x 8 3/4 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1973.130

Catalogue raisonné: Passavant 39 (VI.230)



This woodcut represents an episode after the Crucifixion when Christ's followers bring his corpse to the tomb. A cavernous backdrop draws attention to the figures in the foreground where the savior's body, displaying wounds on its hands and feet, become the focus of the viewer's devotion. At left, three women care for the motionless Virgin whose collapsed body mirrors that of her dead son. Two bearded disciples—Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus—attend to the body. One removes the crown of thorns from Christ's head. In its place, a thin halo appears in reference to Christ's imminent resurrection.

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PR - Woodcut
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