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Sisto Badalocchio, 'Christ carried to the Tomb', after 1609

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Full title Christ carried to the Tomb
Artist Sisto Badalocchio
Artist dates 1585 - after 1621?
Date made after 1609
Medium and support Oil on copper
Dimensions 43.7 × 33.6 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Lt.-Col. J.H. Ollney, 1837
Inventory number NG86
Location Room 37
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
Christ carried to the Tomb
Sisto Badalocchio

Christ’s body has been taken down from the Cross and is being carried on a shroud to his place of burial. His head rests limply on his shoulder; his pale, foreshortened body is the focus of a whole retinue of grieving figures, each expressing their sorrow in a different way.

This small picture is painted on copper, and the artist has exploited the material’s reflective properties by painting a night scene, contrasting the darkness of the cave with the flickering light provided by the flaming torch falling on the figures.

This picture was once attributed to Ludovico Carracci but is now thought to be by Sisto Badalocchio, and is closely related to a design by Annibale Carracci.

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