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After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)

'L'Ensevelissement du Christ' 1860

Albumen print? | RCIN 2865040

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Photograph of a work by Ary Scheffer, the prime version of which was painted in 1845 and is now in the collection of Manchester City Art Gallery (Inv. no. 1924.17). The painting depicts four women surrounding Christ's dead body. The Virgin rests her head on his left shoulder and extends her arms around his neck. Mary Magdalene further supports his head by lifting the drapery upon which he lies. The other two figures bow their heads in sorrow.

Ary Scheffer (and his studio) continued throughout his life to produce new works of old compositions on demand. His paintings were also widely reproduced as etchings.

  • Creator(s)

    After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

    Mary Magdalene
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Passion of Christ
              • Entombment of Christ