Lawren Harris (Canadian, 1885-1970), Algonquin Birches. Oil on board, 14 by 10 ¾ in.
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Peter Paul Rubens
The Entombment, c. 1612- 1614
Oil on Oak
87.1 cm x 63.8 cm
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
The Entombment, c. 1602–04
oil on canvas, 300 × 203 cm.
Pinacoteca Vaticana, Vatican Museums, Vatican State
The Rubens is part of the collection of Canada’s National Gallery. So, it has become part of my psyche over the years. They have built a little exhibition around Rubens’ contemporaries. I was interested to learn that this piece was based on his experience of Caravaggio’s entombment, which he saw during his studies in Italy.
It is interesting to compare the two works. The vivid theatricality of Caravaggio - with operatic arms raised in grief. Rubens’ treatment is more pared down; areas have a sketchy “unfinished” quality. To me, I find the grief more convincing and honest in the Rubens. It is less operatic, and more sensitive and subtle in its composition and paint quality. It would be exciting to see both paintings in the same exhibition.
Female body sketch guidelines.