(b. ca. 1280, Siena, d. 1348, Siena)


c. 1320
Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

The picture shows one of the scenes representing events after the death of Christ painted by Pietro Lorenzetti in the south transept of the Lower Church. Some influence of Giotto can be observed, however, the scene is more intimate and less theatrical. It is located on the right side of the arch, below the Resurrection.

Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and John the Evangelist have carried the corpse to a noble Cosmati-work sarcophagus, set in the traditional rocky landscape. Emotional intimacy is most poignant and vivid when it is held within a highly formal composition.