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The Deposition

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The Deposition


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




about 1490


Oil on panel

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61 × 99.7 cm (24 × 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.

- 1888

Josef Karl Ritter von Klinkosch (L.577), 1822 - 1888 (Vienna, Austria), upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1888 - 1889

Estate of Josef Karl Ritter von Klinkosch (L.577), 1822 - 1888 [sold, Klinkosch sale, Miethke, Vienna, March 2, 1889, lot 16, to Alois Spitzer.]
Note: as D. Bouts

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]
Note: as follower of Rogier van der Weyden

1978 - 1979

David Carritt, Ltd. (London, England; New York, New York) and Colnaghi Gallery Ltd. (London) (L.2075), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1979.


Miethke, Vienna. Katalog der bedeutenden Sammlung von Oelgemälden, Miniaturen und Antiquitäten aus dem Nachlasse des Herrn Josef Carl Ritter von Klinkosch. April 2, 1889, p. 15, lot 16, ill.

C. J. Wawra, Vienna. Versteigerung der olgemälde und Handzeichnungen moderner und alter Meister, Miniatüren und Antiquitäten des vestorbenen Herrn Dr. Alois Spitzer. January 24, 1906, p. 37, lot 142 (as "Die Beweinung Christi" by Netherlandish Master).

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Fredericksen, Burton B. Masterpieces of Painting in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980), unpaginated, no. 24, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B., Jiří Frel, and Gillian Wilson. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook. 5th ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980), pp. 60-61, ill.

Smith, Alistair. Review of L'Oeuvre de Roger de le Pasture-van der Weyden. Brussels. Burlington Magazine 122, no. 922 (January 1980), p. 91.

Fredericksen, Burton. "A Flemish Deposition of ca. 1500 and Its Relation to Rogier's Lost Composition." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 9 (1981), pp. 133-56.

Goddard, Stephen H. "The Master of Frankfurt and His Shop." Ph.D. diss. (University of Iowa, 1983), pp. 144, 146, 147, 416-17, 560-61, no. G107, figs. 211-14.

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Kennedy, Trinita, and John Nolan, eds. A Divine Light: Northern Renaissance Paintings from the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, exh. cat. (Nashville: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 2011), p. 136, under no. 24, fig. 60, entry by Trinita Kennedy.

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