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The painting depicts an encounter of two worlds, of heaven and earth. Two angels are present at Jesus’ body; one of them weeps over His death, while the other one assumes a prayerful pose. The man who seems to be talking to one of the angels and points to Jesus may be St. John. Grief-stricken, Mary unfolds her arms and looks heavenwards, seeking consolation from God. The traces of the Passion of the Lord are exceptionally realistic; we see not only the wounds inflicted by the nails driven through His body but bruises on the knees, a memory of Jesus’ falls under the cross. Anthony van Dyck painted this work in 1635 [Royal Museum of Art, Antwerp]

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