TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

Entombment of Christ

Oil on canvas, 148 x 205 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

In this painting Titian skillfully uses the direction of the light to support the dynamics of movement that permeate the entire painting. The greatest contrast of light and shade is present on the body of Christ. The observer's eyes are first drawn to his winding sheet and legs, before moving to his upper body, which is lying in darkness. The shadow in this area treats the subject of Christ's death and entombment in an unusual way, using purely formal means of expression.