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Deposition from the Cross

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Deposition from the Cross

The Descent from the Cross (Station of the Cross.

Other figures not mentioned in the Gospels who are often included in depictions of this subject include

Development of the image

Even in early depictions the details and posing of the composition, and especially the position of Christ's body, are varied. The scene was usually included in medieval cycles of the Life or the Passion of Christ, between the Crucifixion and the Entombment of Christ. The Lamentation of Christ, or Pietà, showing the body of Christ held by Mary, may intervene between these two, and is common as an individual image, especially in sculpture. The Bearing of the body, showing Christ's body being carried to his tomb, and the Anointing of Christ's body, showing the body laid flat on the top of the tomb or a similarly-shaped "anointing-stone" are other scenes that may be shown. This last is especially important in Orthodox art, where it is shown on the Epitaphios.

With the Renaissance the subject became popular for altarpieces, partly because of the challenges of the composition, and the suitability of its vertical shape. The Mannerist version of Rosso Fiorentino is usually regarded as his most important work, and Pontormo's altarpiece is perhaps his most ambitious work. The subject was painted several times by both Rubens and Rembrandt, who repeated one of his paintings (now in Munich) in a large print, his only one to be mainly engraved, as well as making two other etchings of the subject.

Selected examples

With articles:
  • Codex Grecus 510 (9th century Byzantine, Bibliothèque nationale, Paris)
  • Codex Egberti (ca. 980, Trier city library).
  • [1]
  • Externsteine relief (12th century)
  • [2]
  • Byzantine Museum of [3]
  • Nicolas Mostaert (1579) [4]
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  • [8]
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  • Enrique Miguel de la Vega [11]
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  • The [13]


See also


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