There is no New Testament source for this scene, but two angels are described at the tomb of Christ on the morning of the Resurrection (John 20: 11-13).

The painting dates from about 1617-18. Two preparatory drawings for the picture are known (Windsor and Copenhagen) and the composition was frequently copied.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1591 - 1666
Full title
The Dead Christ mourned by Two Angels
Date made
about 1617-18
Medium and support
Oil on copper
Dimensions
36.8 x 44.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
NG22
Location in Gallery