Description The dead Christ supported by mourners preparing the body for burial-and for the contemplation of the pious-was a frequent subject of Catholic devotional art. The carefully modeled colored wax relief has a physical reality that painting on a flat surface cannot rival. The case of this altarpiece is hardened leather. The doors are incised on the inside with angels derived from woodcuts by the German master Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528); on the outside are found the arms of Austria (Habsburgs) and the collar of the Golden Fleece, the military order of the dukes of Burgundy carried on with pride by their Habsburg descendants.
- World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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