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Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Oil on panel

Width: 65.1 cm ( panel ); Height: 83.1 cm ( panel ); Height: 114.7 cm ( frame ); Width: 92.6 cm ( frame ); Depth: 10 cm ( frame );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
Rubens’ oil sketch shows the moment between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. Christ is lowered into a tomb, supported by those closest to him in life. The pallor of his limp body commands the scene, focusing our attention on his corpse.

Rubens’ juxtaposition of the living and the dead was intended to make the viewer’s religious experience personal. He wanted to encourage the faithful to imagine the physical horror of Christ’s execution. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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