Juan Rodríguez Juárez
The Entombment of Christ

Oil and gold on copper
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014.269

In the background are the Virgin Mary (blue mantle) and St. Mary Magdalene with her attribute, the ointment jar. The pitcher in the foreground refers to the ceremonial washing of a Jewish body and symbolically to the pitcher seen in Annunciation images. The three men laying the body into the sepulcher are hard to identify. Perhaps the one with red hair and a more diminutive frame could be St. John the Evangelist; the man on the left might be Joseph of Arimathea, whose tomb this was.

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Photographed at the museum by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.