The Burial of Christ

Annibale Carracci Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 620

Inside a dark cavern, dramatically lit by a torch, Christ’s limp but powerful body is about to be lowered into his tomb. Light on the horizon signals either sunset on his earthly life or sunrise in anticipation of a new beginning with his resurrection. This richly painted oil on copper was commissioned by a canon of the cathedral of San Pietro in Bologna as a gift to an important figure in Rome, but in the end the canon kept it and sent a copy by Guido Reni.

The Burial of Christ, Annibale Carracci (Italian, Bologna 1560–1609 Rome), Oil on copper

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