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Drawing - The Entombment
  • The Entombment
    Speckaert, Hans, born 1535 - died 1577
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The Entombment

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    Second half 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Speckaert, Hans, born 1535 - died 1577 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and brown ink, with brown wash

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Entombment; Mary, mother of James, assists to lower the body of Christ, while Mary Magdalen supports a foot. One of the group holds a crown of glory over the head of the fainting Virgin Mary.

Place of Origin

Italy (possibly, drawn)


Second half 16th century (made)


Speckaert, Hans, born 1535 - died 1577 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and brown ink, with brown wash

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed at lower right corner, in brown ink, Palma; and at lower right, in brown ink (with the museum’s Dyce inv. no.), 251; and on the verso, in graphite, Andrea Schiavone.


Height: 295 mm, Width: 232 mm

Object history note

William Young Ottley (1771-1836), London (L.2664); Rev. Alexander Dyce (1798-1869), London, by whom bequeathed to the museum (L. Suppl. 153b), 1869

Historical context note

Formerly attributed to Andrea Schiavone and Palma Giovane.

Descriptive line

Drawing, 'The Entombment', by Hans Speckaert, Flemish school, Second half 16th century

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

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Jane Shoaf Turner and Christopher White, Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, Vol. II, Cat. 545, illus. p.472.

Labels and date

Hans Speckaert spent most of his brief career inRome. More than any of his predecessors, his art combined Netherlandish traditions with Italian sources, particularly the work of Raphael, Michelangelo and Parmigianino. The expressive hatching and flamboyant, stylised figures in this drawing are typical of Speckaert’s highly refined ‘Late Mannerist’ style, which influenced Netherlandish artists including Anthony van Dyck. []


Paper; Pen; Bistre





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Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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