The Entombment (1511) by Albrecht Durer

The Entombment - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleThe Entombment
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About The Entombment

“The Entombment” is a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1511 as part of his “The Small Passion” series. This artwork is a religious painting belonging to the Northern Renaissance art movement and is currently housed in the British Museum in London, UK.

The woodcut depicts the somber biblical scene of Jesus Christ’s burial after his crucifixion. The central figure is gently lowered into a sepulcher by three individuals who express a solemn reverence for the moment. On the left side of the composition, two women and a man are watching this process with visible grief and devotion. One woman has her hand raised to her face in a gesture of sorrow. In the foreground, another figure seems to be in profound contemplation or prayer. The background features a rocky landscape indicative of the Golgotha setting, and there is a darkened sky, which adds to the poignant atmosphere of the scene. Dürer’s mastery of woodcut technique is evident in the intricate details and expressive lines that convey both the textures and the emotional weight of this pivotal event in Christian narratives.

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