BABUREN, Dirck van
(b. ca. 1595, Wijk bij Duurstede, d. 1624, Utrecht)

The Entombment of Christ

Oil on canvas, 219 x 140 cm
Centraal Museum, Utrecht

Upon completing his training, Dirck van Baburen travelled to Italy to supplement his education. He and his colleague David de Haen are documented as lodging at two different addresses in 1619-20. They worked together on the decoration of the Pietà Chapel in San Pietro in Montorio in Rome. The Entombment of Christ is an autograph replica of Van Baburen's original which is still in situ in the Pietà Chapel.

The painting was commissioned by Pietro Cussida, a wealthy Spanish diplomat. The frame of the present painting is original, most likely from Spain.