• The Holy Women at Christ’s Tomb

    Artist:
    Carracci, Annibale. 1560-1609
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    121x145,5 cm

Carracci, Annibale. 1560-1609

The Holy Women at Christ’s Tomb

Italy, 1597-1598

The small painting The Holy Women at Christ’s Tomb by Annibale Carracci is based on an episode in the Gospels. Mary Magdalene and two other female followers of Christ came to his tomb on the Sunday after the Crucifixion. They brought scented oil to anoint their Teacher’s body, but when they entered the tomb it was empty. An angel sitting on the edge of the sarcophagus told them of Christ’s resurrection. The women in Carracci’s painting are frozen in poses of astonishment as they listen to the heavenly messenger’s words. Their stately figures, draped in loose clothing, are precisely delineated, powerfully moulded with the brush and skilfully placed. They dominate the picture space. The large patches of pure colour heighten still more the impression of their monumentality. Despite its modest size, this painting is a characteristic example of the “grand style” or “grand manner” that was created at the end of the 16th century through the joint efforts of Annibale Carracci, his brother and his cousin. They founded the Accademia degli Incamminati – the academy of those opening up a new way – in Bologna and in their work, they looked to the art of the High Renaissance as an enduring aesthetic standard.

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The Holy Women at Christ’s Tomb

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oil

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121x145,5 cm

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Acquired in 1836; formerly in the W. Coesvelt collection, London

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ГЭ-92

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