• Entombment

    Artist:
    Werff, Adriaen van der. 1659-1722
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    63х50 cm

Werff, Adriaen van der. 1659-1722

Entombment

Holland, 1703

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Entombment

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

63х50 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in late 18th century

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1067

Comment:

Executed by van der Werff for his sponsor, a wealthy Rotterdam patron of arts Adriaen Pats, the painting ‘The Entombment’ was sold at an auction of the Pats collection in Rotterdam on 26 April 1713. The Hermitage painting was mentioned in 1771 in the correspondence of Frederick II, King of Prussia, with his brother Prince Henry [Frank 2011]. The latter presented it to Empress Catherine II through Count G.G. Orlov, which is stated in his letter dated 5 July 1771. The high price and the list of celebrated collections, which held the painting in the 18th century, indicate the great reputation it enjoyed with art lovers. Three surviving old copies attest to this fact too. The origin of Van der Werff’s composition, as B.Gatgens [1987], stresses, is connected with the prototypes of the graphic heritage of Lucas van Leyden. The figure of Christ with his head bowed down, apparently harkens back to two engravings by Jan de Bisschop dated 1678, created after the drawings by Cornelis van Poelenburgh. In 1703 Van der Werff did one more famous composition on the subject of the Entombment for Kurfürst von der Pfalz, which is currently displayed in the old Pinacotheca in Munich. Comments by Irina Sokolova

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