The Entombment

Christ's dead body is lowered into a tomb after he has been taken down from the cross.The Deposition is visible in the right background. The Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea, Mary Magdalene and two Holy Women are present.

The picture is painted over an engraving by the 15th-century German artist Schongauer, a time-saving way of producing a composition.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1510; died 1551
Full title
The Entombment
Date made
about 1550
Medium and support
Oil on paper mounted on oak
Dimensions
17.5 x 12.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1883
Inventory number
NG1151
Location in Gallery