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Monks and Holy Women mourning over the Dead Christ

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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Christ’s body has been taken down from the Cross and lies on the white shroud in which he will be placed in the tomb. Behind him is the Virgin Mary, eyes raised to heaven in grief, and alongside her Saint John the Evangelist, mopping his eyes with a handkerchief, and a second woman, probably Mary Magdalene. In the foreground, bending down to kiss Christ’s hands and feet, are two Carthusian monks, dressed in the white robes of their religious order.

The National Gallery, London



Monks and Holy Women mourning over the Dead Christ


18th century or earlier


Oil on slate


H 43.7 x W 52.4 cm

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Acquisition method

Bought, 1919

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