The Entombment

The Entombment

ca. 1596

Giovanni de' Vecchi

(Italian, 1536-1615)

Pen and brown ink, purple wash, over traces of lead point or graphite; squared in lead point or graphite

Sheet: 20.2 x 14.7 cm (7 15/16 x 5 13/16 in.); Secondary Support: 25.7 x 21.3 cm (10 1/8 x 8 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2017.5


This is a preparatory drawing for an altarpiece that Giovanni de’ Vecchi painted in 1596 for the church of Santa Prassede in Rome. He used pen and purplish watercolor to render the forms of the dead Christ surrounded by Saint John the Apostle, Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea, the grief-stricken Virgin Mary, Saint Mary Magdalene (at Christ’s feet), and their companions, who adoringly convey his body to the tomb in the upper left.

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