The Lamentation and the Entombment

Bartolomeo di Tommaso Italian

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These two panels from the base (predella) of an altarpiece show three episodes from the Bible: in one Christ is arrested (the naked man is an apostle—John or Mark—fleeing, in accordance with Mark 14:51–52). In the other Christ’s body is mourned and then buried. Bartolomeo di Tommaso is an artist of strikingly modern expressive power, unfettered by the concerns for naturalism embraced by Renaissance painters.

The Lamentation and the Entombment, Bartolomeo di Tommaso (Italian, Umbrian, active by 1425–died 1453/54), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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