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The position in the coffin - Michelangelo Buonarroti

The position in the coffin - Michelangelo Buonarroti

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Position in the coffin - Michelangelo Buonarroti. 161.7x149.9

"Position in the coffin" - An early unfinished painting by Michelangelo Buonarroti, which shows how the body of Christ, taken from the cross, is transferred to the tomb.

Researchers note in this work some contradictions with the traditional iconography of this plot, which make it difficult to uniquely identify the characters. St. John the Evangelist is usually depicted in a red robe and with long hair. So, here he is to the left of Christ and participates in the transfer of His body, although, as a rule, he does not do this, but stands next to the Virgin Mary, supporting and comforting Her. Other characters are probably Nicodemus (who brought myrrh and aloe to embalm the body) and Joseph Arimathein (a wealthy member of the Sanhedrin and secret student of Christ who received permission from Pilate to remove the body from the cross). The kneeling figure on the left is apparently Mary Magdalene. The image of the Madonna is only outlined in the lower right corner, she is always on the right hand of Christ.

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