The Entombment of Christ: Addenda

William H. Forsyth
1973 Metropolitan Museum journal  
My colleague Dr. Theodor Miiller, in a letter to me, is undoubtedly correct in stressing the great importance of the German Holy Grave as an image of devotion (Andachtsbild). Dr. Miiller pointed out the corroborative evidence that I had neglected to cite: Gesine and Johannes Taubert, "Mittelalterliche Kreuzifixe mit schwenkbaren Armen," Zeitschrift des deutschen Vereins fur Kunstwissenschaft 23, 1969, pp. 78-I22. My book mentioned. this use of the Holy Grave, but I was primarily concerned with
more » ... ily concerned with its use in the liturgy of Holy Week. Both devotional and liturgical aspects seem to me to be present in the Holy Grave, which I discussed as an important prototype of the French Entombment. The supposition that the earliest surviving dated Entombment, that at Langres, was a Burgundian monument has been dramatically confirmed by the removing of later paint from the body of Christ by the Monuments Historiques. As a result, Pierre Quarre has been able to relate the Christ, the only surviving part of the monument, to another Christ in the Musee Archeologique of Dijon by Claus de Werve, one of the
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