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The Entombment; beneath an arch, the body of Christ being lowered into a sarcophagus, surrounded by weeping women, a man with a vase crouched behind at right
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk, with lines indented and squared for transfer
- Production date
- 1535-1540 (circa)
Height: 347 millimetres
Width: 255 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lit: J.A. Gere and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, Artists working in Rome', London, 1983, no. 364
A repetition of somewhat inferior quality, corresponding in every detail and also squared, was in the Ellesmere-Sutherland Collection (sale, Sotheby, 1972, 5 Dec, lot 63, repr., as 'Studio of Giulio'). It should be noted that the composition of the Ellesmere drawing is enclosed in framing-lines, the lower one of which corresponds in position with the lower extremity of the squaring in 1966,0611.1 and that it is conceived as a squarish rectangle, whereas the way in which the semicircular upper contour of the grotto in 1966,0611.1 is emphasised with stylus and black chalk suggests that the composition was here intended to have an arched top.
A generally similar treatment of the subject, rectangular in shape and with the same squarish format as the Ellesmere version, is in the Borghese Gallery (Delia Pergola Cat., ii, no. 147). The developed style of 1966,0611.1 suggests a date well into Giulio's Mantuan period.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1966/7 BM, Recent Acquisitions, no.5
1989 Sep-Nov, Museo Civico, Mantua, 'Romano'
2007 Mar-Apr, BM Easter Passion exhibition
2019, 06 Sep–15 Dec, USA, San Diego, Timken Museum of Art, Masterpieces of Italian Drawings from The British Museum
2020, 25 Jan–28 Sep, USA, Santa Fe, New Mexico Museum of Art, The birth, death and resurrection of Christ: from Michelangelo to Tiepolo
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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