Jesus is Laid in the Tomb, Fourteenth Station of the Via Crucis

Candido Portinari1945

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in light shades of ochre, green, gray, rose and white and earthy and black tones. Smooth texture in the background and thick the right arm is of Jesus. Figures represented with significant and deliberated deformed expressions. It depicts Jesus being laid in the tomb, flanked by four apostles. In the center, Jesus' body lying over a shroud, head to the left and feet to the right at the graveside. Next to the body of Jesus, from left to right: man bent profile to right, holding Jesus by the armpits; a man facing forward, head turned to the left; man bent forward and man facing forward, head turned to the left, holding the shroud on the edge of the grave. They all wear dark tunics. Greenish background with geometrical ochre areas near the figures. The strong contrast of light and dark tones accentuate the drama of the scene. .


  • Title: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb, Fourteenth Station of the Via Crucis
  • Date: 1945
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w49 x h49cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:religious scenes:Stations of the Cross, religious:Jesus, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: tempera
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2493
  • Notes: Composition is outlined by a painted white strip.
  • Inscription: Inscription on reverse of support "14ª Jesus no Sepulcro”. On reverse, label from the Bienal at the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo. On reverse, inscription "80”.
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the Pampulha Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Belo Horizonte, MG. Work designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2402

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