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Edouard Manet often reinterpreted his own paintings as prints, using various techniques to bring his work to a broader audience. Here, he relied on a combination of aquatint and repeating marks to realistically suggest Christ’s lifeless body in the tomb where he was placed following his crucifixion. The figure’s vacant gaze and the deep shadows behind him led critics to deride the work as grotesque in its realism. The etching was the largest Manet made and, perhaps as a result, only a few impressions—including the one seen here—were made from the plate.

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  • Title: The Dead Christ with Angels
  • Creator: Edouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)
  • Date Created: 1866–67
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 32.9 x 38 cm (12 15/16 x 14 15/16 in.); Plate: 39.4 x 32.9 cm (15 1/2 x 12 15/16 in.)
  • Provenance: (R.M. Light & Co., Inc., Santa Barbara, CA), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1961.151
  • Medium: etching and aquatint
  • State of work: III/III
  • Fun Fact: This etching was the largest that Édouard Manet made.
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland
  • Collection: PR - Etching
  • Accession Number: 1961.151

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