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The Entombment of Christ

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The desolation of the mourners gathered around the body of Christ is intensified by the somber landscape, with three crosses dimly visible in the background. Christ's stark white burial shroud and Saint John's scarlet cloak glow against the dark background, lending force and focus to the scene....

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Inscription

Signed and dated: Eug. Delacroix 1848

Provenance

By April 28, 1847, sold by the artist to Comte Théodore de Geloës, Château d'Osen, Limburg, Holland; 1870, sold by de Geloës to Jean-Baptiste Faure, Paris; June 7, 1873, sold by Jean-Baptiste Faure at Hotel Druout, Paris [no. 7], and purchased by Durand-Ruel, Paris. By 1878, Hector Brame, Paris. April 29, 1880, sold by Baron Étienne Martin de Beurnonville at Hotel Drouot, Paris [no. 11], and purchased by M. Tavernier; June 11, 1894, sold by M. Tavernier at Galerie Georges Petit, Paris [no. 5], and purchased by Durand-Ruel, New York; 1896, sold by Durand-Ruel to the MFA for 1400Fr. (Accession Date: March 3,1896)

Credit Line

Gift by contribution in memory of Martin Brimmer

1848

Dimensions

162.6 x 132.1 cm (64 x 52 in.)

Accession Number

96.21

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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Europe

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