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Descent from the Cross Gm-10867001

Descent from the Cross Gm-10867001

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Phillip Roos (German, 1655/1657–1706) After Joseph of Arimathea obtained permission from Pontius Pilate, he and Nicodemus took Christ's body down from the cross and swathed it in strips of linen cloth, with myrrh and aloes to preserve the body. One of the two men kneels on the right, while the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist observe from the left. Although some compositions of the subject also include a crowd of bystanders, Phillip Roos limited his design to the essential figures, thereby focusing attention on the central body of Christ. Roos's frenzied dark lines contribute to the scene's power and drama. He outlined the cross, figures, and drapery using pen and brown ink, before adding sweeping strokes of gray wash to heighten the stormy atmosphere. Scholars previously thought that Roos drew only landscape and animal studies, yet this sheet shows him capable of managing complex figure compositions. As he prominently signed and inscribed the work invinit, a Latin phrase meaning to invent or design, Roos himself was obviously proud of this drawing.

Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural with a white mattboard and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive Kodak PhotoText fabric panels that combine and mount easily on a non textured wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each canvas is hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases.


All our images are digitized from the original negative , printed and assembled in Switzerland to museum standards by our master printer.

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