Jesus is taken down from the cross

Jesus’ friends pried his dead body off the cross and lowered it into the arms of his mother Mary, and into the care of the disciples, mostly women, who waited on the slopes of Golgotha.

The 'Pieta' by Michelangelo

The ‘Pieta’ by Michelangelo

'Descent from the Cross', Rogier Weyden

‘Descent from the Cross’, Rogier Weyden

'Descent from the Cross', Max Beckmann 1917

‘Descent from the Cross’, Max Beckmann 1917

Note that this German painting was done at the height of World War I,
with Christ opening his arms to suffering humanity

'Descent from the Cross', Jean Jouvenet

‘Descent from the Cross’, Jean Jouvenet

'Descent from the Cross', Pieter Coeck van Aelst

‘Descent from the Cross’, Pieter Coeck van Aelst

'Descent from the Cross', Charles Le Brun

‘Descent from the Cross’, Charles Le Brun

'The Descent from the Cross', Tintoretto

‘The Descent from the Cross’, Tintoretto

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