Descent from the Cross (after Peter Paul Rubens)

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Louis Farasyn
Belgian, 1822-1899

Descent from the Cross (after Peter Paul Rubens)

Oil on canvas
Presented by J. G. Henderson, 1893
Museum number 132-1912

Also known as the Deposition, the Descent is taken from the Biblical account of Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus taking the body of Christ down from the cross. Rubens includes the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalen who are not mentioned in the Gospels. Their sorrow and the sheer physicality of the task are gracefully depicted.

Farasyn specialised in making copies of Old Master paintings and he copied 'The Descent' several times.

Descent from the Cross (after Peter Paul Rubens)
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