The Entombment

The Entombment is a painting produced between 1500 and 1501 by Italian artist Michelangelo.

The Entombment is an unfinished painting by Michelangelo of the placing of the body of Jesus in the garden tomb.

Apart from Jesus, there is some disagreement over the identity of the various other figures represented in the painting ‘The Entombment’. Michelangelo shows Christ’s body being carried to his tomb but the identity of the two figures on the right is uncertain. The center of the painting portrays Christ being carried up to the sepulcher. The area of the sepulcher is empty and researchers think it was intended to be painted in the blank area at the top right of the work. The older man with beard behind him is probably Joseph of Arimathea, who gave up his tomb for use as Christ’s sepulcher. The man wearing a long orange-red gown and a long-haired figure on the left is probably Saint John with one of the Mary’s probably Mary Magdalene kneeling at his feet.

The work can be viewed at National Gallery, London

ArtistMichelangelo
LocationNational Gallery, London
MediumTempera on Panel

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