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The Entombment (The Seilern Triptych)
Robert Campin

This three-part picture illustrates important moments from the narrative of the Passion of Christ. To the left, the painting’s commissioner kneels in devotion before the central scene showing Christ being buried following his crucifixion. The ladder used to retrieve his body from the cross is still in place.

Christ is surrounded by mourners, including his mother, Mary, in blue, and Joseph of Arimathea, in yellow, who had provided the tomb. Four angels hold the Instruments of the Passion: the spear, the Crown of Thorns, the nails and the sponge.

The panel on the right shows Christ’s triumphant rise from death – the Resurrection – much to the surprise of one of the guards to his tomb. The gold sky is decorated with redcurrants, vines and a gourd, which are symbolic of Christ’s sacrifice and Resurrection.

Key facts
Artist Robert Campin
Artist dates 1378/9 - 1444
Full title The Entombment (The Seilern Triptych)
Date made 1410-1420
Medium and support Oil and gold on wood
Dimensions 65.2 × 107.2 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Inventory number L749
Location in Gallery Room 63
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