The body of Christ is supported by the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist. The dove of the Holy Ghost appears above the figures.

This was probably painted to encourage meditation on Christ's Passion. The format of the picture may derive from Venetian tradition and can be compared with the 'The Dead Christ supported by Angels' by Bellini, also in the Collection. This picture was perhaps painted in 1550; many versions are known.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1530 - 1560
Full title
Date made
about 1550
Medium and support
Oil on oak
108.5 × 69 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1854
Inventory number
Location in Gallery