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The Entombment, 1512

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471 - 1528
engraving on laid paper
11.8 x 7.4 cm
Purchased 1949
National Gallery of Canada (no. 5611)

Christ was laid in the tomb that Joseph of Arimathea had cut from rock for his own use. It is an unusual portrayal of the scene as the body of Christ is not given central placement, but is partially obscured by the figure of Joseph, his back turned toward the viewer. The effect adds spontaneity or verisimilitude to the image. In addition to Joseph, those present at his burial included Nicodemus, the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, and John the Evangelist.

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