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The Entombment of Christ

Artist:
Luisa Roldán, called La Roldana (Seville 1656–1704 Madrid)
Date:
1700–1701
Culture:
Spanish, Madrid
Medium:
Polychrome terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 19 1/2 × 26 × 17 in. (49.5 × 66 × 43.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Chairman's Council Gifts, Annenberg Foundation Gift, Alvaro Saieh Gift, Alejandro Santo Domingo Gift, Mary Trumbull Adams Trust Fund, Bernard and Audrey Aronson Gift, Jon and Barbara Landau Gift, Acquisitions Fund and Louis V. Bell Gift, 2016
Accession Number:
2016.482
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 550
The Entombment is one of the two “jewel-like sculptures” Luisa Roldán gave to the newly installed King Philip V of Spain in 1701, petitioning him to appoint her sculptor to the royal court. In the previous decade she had pioneered a genre of sculpture—powerfully conceived and exquisitely modelled and painted figural groups, made on a deliberately intimate scale—of which this is perhaps the finest. The emotive expressions of the six figures surrounding the body of Christ as he is laid to rest run the gamut from angry disbelief and empty grief, to tender love and sympathy. The Entombment may have been placed in a convent or monastery affiliated with the royal family, or in the family’s private rooms or chapels. In whichever context, it would have inspired meditative devotion, encouraging the viewer to identify with the witnesses to Christ’s Passion.
probably given by the artist to Philip V, King of Spain ; Luis Garriga y Roig , Paris (until d. 1942) ; by descent, Maria Monserrat Garriga Benet , Paris (until d. 1995) ; by descent, José María Caralt, third Conde de Caralt , Paris (until early 2015; to Coll & Cortés) ; [ Coll & Cortés , London, 2015–16; sold to MMA ]
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