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The Entombment

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oak, carved, painted and gilded

  • Museum number:

    708-1904

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture 1300-1600, Room 27, case 3

This relief representing the Entombment was made in about 1500 in Germany, possibly by Ludwig Jupan von Marburg.

This group which must have formed part of an altarpiece of the Passion of Christ, was originally acquired as German, early 16th century. Later it was thought to be Flemish. Subsequently it was considered to be Lower Rhenish or Westphalian.

The relief consists of nine pieces of wood joined together with several small wooden dowels and it shows Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea placing the body of Our Lord in the tomb, around which are gathered the Virgin, St. John the Evangelist and the three Maries.

Physical description

Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea are placing the body of Our Lord in the tomb, around which are gathered the Virgin, St. John the Evangelist and the three Maries; on the ground lies the crown of thorns fallen from Our Lord's head. The tomb bears an inscription much defaced. On a hilly landscape in the background rise the walls and turrets of Jerusalem, near which stand two soldiers and another figure.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1500 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Oak, carved, painted and gilded

Dimensions

Height: 65.40 cm, Width: 39.37 cm, Depth: 12.7 cm

Object history note

Bought from G. B. Harding for £80 in 1904.

Historical significance: It was originally acquired as German, early 16th century. Later it was thought to be Flemish then German, possibly Lower Rhenish; subsequently it was considered to be Northern France.

Historical context note

This group would originally have formed part of an altarpiece of the Passion of Christ..

Descriptive line

Relief, oak, the Entombment, perhaps by Ludwig Jupan von Marburg, Lower Rhenish (Kalkar), ca. 1500

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1903 - 1904. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1904, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Wyman and Sons, Limited, 1908, p. 121. Norbert Jopek, German Sculpture 1430-1540-A catalogue of the collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2002, cat. no. 3. Stephanie Daussy, 'Les sculpteurs Amienois actifs a Saint-Jaques de Folleville', in Bulletin de la Societe d' Emulation d'Abbeville, vol. XXIX, 2002, pp. 253-268.
Jopek, Norbert. German Sculpture 1430-1540, A Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2002, pp. 34-35, cat.no. 3.

Labels and date

The Entombment of Christ
Painted and gilded oak
German (Lower Rhenish or Westphalian); about 1500
708-1904
This elaborately painted relief was probably part of a larger altarpiece (wooden dowels can be seen in the back). On the tomb are the remains of a gilt inscription.

The Entombment
About 1500
Northern France
Painted and gilded oak
Museum no. 708-1904 [1994 Nov. 2010]

Production Note

Northern France
This group which must have formed part of an altarpiece of the Passion of Christ, was originally acquired as German, early 16th century. Later it was thought to be Flemish; subsequently it was considered to be Lower Rhenish or Westphalian

Materials

Oak; Paint; Gold

Techniques

Carving; Painting; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Jerusalem; Landscape; Crown of thorns; Soldiers

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture; Reliefs

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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