The Dead Christ by Baldung Grien, Hans

The Dead Christ
Baldung Grien, Hans
c. 1511-12; pen and ink on paper;
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkThe subject of this drawing is highly unusual. Christ is
represented after the Crucifixion, as the wounds on his hands and feet
indicate, but in a moment before his death, his uplifted head and
heavenward gaze evidently signifying a spiritual communion with God
the Father. No textual source has been identified for this
unprecedented subject and it is possible that it was invented by
Baldung himself. The formal source of the supine figure of Christ may
lie in ancient Roman representations of dying heroes, known to
Northern artists through widely circulated drawn copies.

The Dead Christ Baldung Grien, Hans c. 1511-12; pen and ink on paper; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkThe subject of this drawing is highly unusual. Christ is represented after the Crucifixion, as the wounds on his hands and feet indicate, but in a moment before his death, his uplifted head and heavenward gaze evidently signifying a spiritual communion with God the Father. No textual source has been identified for this unprecedented subject and it is possible that it was invented by Baldung himself. The formal source of the supine figure of Christ may lie in ancient Roman representations of dying heroes, known to Northern artists through widely circulated drawn copies.