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The Entombment of Christ

The Entombment of Christ

Peter Paul Rubens (in circa 1600-1608)

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Frans Boijmans bought this imposing drawing at auction in 1798. It depicts the moment just before Christ’s body was anointed, after which it was wrapped in a shroud and laid in the tomb. A man wearing glasses holds up Christ’s left hand, which will be anointed with a blend of myrrh and aloe. Two young women hold a ewer and basin ready. The drawing was probably a design for a painting that is now lost.

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Title The Entombment of Christ
Material and technique Black chalk, pen and brush and brown and grey ink, brown and grey wash, corrections with white bodycolour
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 322 mm
Width 408 mm
Artists Tekenaar: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number MB 340 (PK)
Credits Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of F.J.O. Boijmans 1847
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1847
Age artist Between 18 and 28 years old
Collector Collector / F.J.O. Boijmans
Exhibitions Rubens, Jordaens, Van Dyck en tijdgenoten (2001)
De Collectie Twee - wissel III, Prenten & Tekeningen (2009)
Van Pisanello tot Cézanne (1992)
External exhibitions Rubens. Painter of Sketches (2018)
Grey wash > Washing > Wash > Drawing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Peter Paul Rubens

Siegen 1577 - Antwerpen 1640

The Antwerp painter Peter Paul Rubens was appointed court artist to the Duke of Mantua in Italy at a young age. In 1603 he travelled to Madrid, where he was...

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