The Deposition

Object Details

Title:

The Deposition

Artist/Maker(s):

Follower of Rogier van der Weyden (Netherlandish, 1399/1400 - 1464)

Culture:

Netherlandish

Date:

about 1490

Medium:

Oil on panel

Dimensions:

61 x 99.7 cm (24 x 39 1/4 in.)

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Two of Christ's followers, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, carry his body from the cross to the tomb. Mary, his mother, kneels and pulls her son's face close to hers for one last moment, while Mary Magdalene kneels tearfully at his feet in splendid brocaded robes. Death has transformed Christ's green-tinged, rigid body in horrific detail: his hands are clenched into agonized claws, bloody scars from his Crown of Thorns dot his forehead, and his wounds are graphically evident.

The artist, a follower of Rogier van der Weyden, based this painting on Weyden's altarpiece, now in the Prado in Madrid. As Weyden did, this artist described faces, fabrics, and objects in great detail and arranged the figures as though in a frieze. The shallow space is further limited by the use of the gold-stippled background.

Provenance
- 1888

Josef Karl Ritter von Klinkosch, died 1888 (Vienna, Austria), upon is death, held in trust by the estate.

1888 - 1889

Estate of Josef Karl Ritter von Klinkosch, died 1888 [sold, Klinkosch sale, Miethke, Vienna, March 2, 1889, lot 16, to Alois Spitzer.]

1889 - 1906

Dr. Alois Spitzer (Vienna, Austria) [sold, Spitzer sale, Wawra, Vienna, January 24, 1906, lot 142.]

Ehrendorfer (Vienna, Austria)

- 1978

Private Collection [sold, Sotheby's, London, December 13, 1978, lot 33, to David Carritt, Ltd., and P & D Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London]

1978 - 1979

David Carritt, Ltd. (London, England; New York, New York)

1978 - 1979

and P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1979.

Bibliography

Fredericksen, Burton B., et al. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook. 5th ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980), pp. 60-61, ill.

Hall, Nicholas H. J., ed. Colnaghi in America: A Survey to Commemorate the First Decade of Colnaghi New York (New York: Colnaghi, 1992), p. 130.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 135, ill.

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