The Dead Christ supported by Angels

The dead Christ is supported by grieving angels. Bellini made such images both as individual works and as parts of altarpieces. This picture was probably for private meditation. It is intended to focus the believer on Christ as the sacrifice for human sin.

This is considered an early work by Bellini.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active about 1459; died 1516
Full title
The Dead Christ supported by Angels
Date made
perhaps 1465-70
Medium and support
Tempera and oil on wood
Dimensions
94.6 x 71.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Mond Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
NG3912
Location in Gallery