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The Entombment of Christ

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Mathieu Le Nain and his brothers Louis and Antoine are best known for dignified and sympathetic portrayals of peasant life, unprecedented in French art. The quality of those paintings is also found in this religious image with its strong, naturalistic figures and distinctive muted coloring...

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By 1788, Madame Lenglier, Paris (?); March 10, 1788, sold at Lenglier sale, LeBrun, Paris, lot 214, and bought by Vincent Chantro Donjeux; April 29, 1793, sold at Donjeux sale, Lebrun, Paillet, Paris, lot 309. Bonnemaison collection, July 15, 1802, sold at Bonnemaison sale, Paris, lot 113. A. Delahante (?); June 3, 1814, sold at Delahante sale, Phillips, London, lot 50. Emerson (?); March 29, 1819, sold at Emerson sale, Christie's, London, lot 24. By 1863, John Knapp, Balcomb Place, near Bradford, England; 1863, sold by John Knapp to William Rhodes; by inheritance to William Rhodes' grandson, Capt. R.H. Rhodes, Saint Bride's Farm, Hampshire, England; by 1960, by inheritance to Capt. Rhodes' widow, Mrs. Dorothy Rhodes; July 15, 1960, sold at posthumous Rhodes sale, Christie's, London, and bought by R. Munns. Wildenstein and Co., New York. By 1977, John Goelet, New York; 1978, gift of Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 13, 1978)

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Gift of John Goelet in memory of George Peabody Gardner

about 1645


81.3 x 105.1 cm (32 x 41 3/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas