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The Entombment
German (after Martin Schongauer )

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 German (after Martin Schongauer )
Artist dates active 1469; died 1491
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 Gallery A: Paintings 1250-1600
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