The Entombment

Italian (Milan)
about 1800
Possibly by Camillo Pacetti (Italian, 1758–1826), Formerly attributed to Antonio Canova (Italian, 1757–1822)

Object Place: Europe, Italy


Overall: 30 x 39.2 x 19.4 cm (11 13/16 x 15 7/16 x 7 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





Terracotta sketch. Four draped figures supporting central figure on rectangular block lower base extending front and end.

This may have been a sketch for a work in marble, but it would have been difficult to translate the composition into such a heavy material, given the way Christ’s body hangs free, with no support from below. The clay is very loosely worked, and the faces lack much detail. Rather, it is the sense of the struggle to move the body with care, the expressive postures of the other figures, and the weighty drapery that create a sense of sorrow and grief.


1953, Julius Wilhelm Böhler, Lucerne; September 1953, sold by Böhler to Galerie Julius Böhler, Munich; 1956, sold by Julius Böhler to the MFA for $700. (Accession Date: May 10, 1956)

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund