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The Entombment: M.12-1933

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Current Location: In storage


The Entombment


Sculptor: Riccio, Andrea (Andrea Briosco)




Bronze, cast, with dark brown patina. The body of the dead Christ is lowered into the tomb by St John and two bearded men. To the right is the Virgin attended by three women; to the left is a seated mourner and an old woman holding an ewer. In the background are mourners who raise their arms in lamentation.

Legal notes

Given by Alfred A. de Pass

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.8 cm
Width: 16.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Padua ⪼ The Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1933) by de Pass, Alfred A.


16th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1520


April 1951: H.D. Molesworth said this was a poor ''after-cast''.

Label text from the exhibition ‘Madonnas and Miracles: The Holy Home in Renaissance Italy’, on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 7 March until 4 June 2017: This small but emotionally charged plaquette is crammed with figures mourning the dead Christ. They cry out in anguish and fling their arms into the air as his body is lowered into the tomb. The Virgin faints from unbearable grief. Riccio was a master sculptor and bronze caster; here Christ’s torso recalls classical sculptures that were greatly admired in Renaissance Italy.

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Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast, with dark brown patina

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.12-1933
Primary reference Number: 13887
Old object number: CM de P.15-1933
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 25 November 2020 Last processed: Monday 4 March 2024

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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