About this artwork
Guercino’s career is unusually well documented, in part due to the survival of his account books, which reveal that he charged a set amount for each figure in a picture. According to the entry for this painting, the client wished to pay only for one full-length, one bust-length, and three half-length figures. Guercino’s moving composition attests to his resourcefulness in overcoming such restrictions. Christ and the attendant mourners are depicted with compelling restraint and in accord with the patron’s budget.
- Currently Off View
- Painting and Sculpture of Europe
- The Entombment
- Oil on canvas
- 57 3/4 × 87 1/16 in. (146.7 × 221.2 cm)
- Wilson L. Mead Fund