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The Burial of Jesus

Night at Golgotha

The work of this 19th century Russian artist was controversial during his life - critics found his realism objectionable. Here, however, the realistic contrast between the desolate crosses and the lit procession is extremely moving.

1869 (oil on canvas), Vereshchagin, Vasili Vasilievich (1842-1904) Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia, The Bridgeman Art Library

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Matthew 27

57As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.