The Burial of Christ (1770 – 1772) by Francisco Goya

The Burial of Christ - Francisco Goya - 1770 - 1772

Artwork Information

TitleThe Burial of Christ
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1770 - 1772
Dimensions130 x 95 cm
Art MovementRomanticism

About The Burial of Christ

The artwork titled “The Burial of Christ” is a profound religious painting by Francisco Goya, created between 1770 and 1772. Goya, an artist of the Romanticism movement, employed oil as his medium and composed this piece on a canvas measuring 130 by 95 centimeters. The work, rich in religious overtones, vividly conveys the solemn ceremonial aspects associated with Christian narrative paintings.

In “The Burial of Christ,” Francisco Goya captures a seminal moment of grief and piety surrounding the entombment of Jesus. The composition is dark and moody, with a limited light source illuminating the central figures, creating an aura of divinity and sorrow. The body of Christ appears limp and pallid, attended to by figures who express deep sorrow and devotion. A woman in blue and orange kneels in the foreground, her eyes downcast as she tenderly handles Christ’s linen shroud. An angel with wings outspread gently supports Jesus, guiding him in his descent into the tomb, symbolizing celestial intervention and the sacredness of this moment. The use of chiaroscuro, the strong contrast between light and dark, adds to the drama and emotional intensity of this pivotal biblical scene. The artwork encapsulates the themes of human suffering and divine redemption, tenets that pervade Goya’s oeuvre and the broader Romantic movement’s fascination with the depths of the human experience.

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