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Title The Entombment of Christ
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Italian (Venetian) School
Date Earliest about 1580
Date Latest about 1600
Description This picture was probably painted by a minor Venetian artist who had some knowledge of Titian's studio. He may have seen the version of The Entombment, now in the Prado, before it was sent to Spain in 1559. The body of Christ is shown being lifted into the tomb by Nicodemus (on the right) and Joseph of Arimathea (to the left). His mother embraces him for the same time as Mary Magdalene looks on, grief-stricken.
Current Accession Number 1960P16
Former Accession Number P.1660
Subject religion (Entombment)
Measurements 130.8 x 151.1 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Friends of Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery 1960.
Provenance Jameson family, Tourin Castle, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford [;]; Shane Jameson sale, Christie's, 26 June 1959, lot 61 as Venetian School, first quarter of sixteenth century.
Principal Exhibitions Anthony Van Dyck: Ecce Homo and the Mocking of Christ, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, 2002, cat. no. 15.
Publications Catalogue of Paintings in Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, 1960; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 149
Notes Based on Titian's Entombment of Christ in the Prado, Madrid. Mary Magdalene's face closely related to Titian workshop/copy late 16th century Entombment (Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wethey cat no 39); Virgin in profile close both to this picture and even more so to El Mudo, Salamanca Cathedral, cat no. 38, copy 3. Christie's catalogue states, 'tentative attributions to Savoldo and Giovanni da Asola have been suggested for this picture'. Note in gallery files, 'Philip Pouncey suggests with some hesitation, Bergamo circa 1600 - perhaps 1590'. Letter from Christie's, 1960, 'Shane Jameson knew nothing of the provenance. The collection was housed in Tourin Castle, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, but the old castle was burned down in the mid 19th c. The few pictures rescued from it are housed in Victorian villa near the ruin. There seems to be no record of purchases but one member of the family is known to have made a Grand Tour in 1770 and it is assumed that the pictures were bought by him.'
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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