6. The Dead Christ

The sixth film in a series about Christianity’s central figure: Jesus Christ.

It focuses on the Dead Christ, discussing Vittore Carpaccio’s The Preparation of Christ’s Tomb (c.1505) in the Gemäldegalerie.

Presented by VCS Director Professor Ben Quash and Deputy Director Dr Jennifer Sliwka.

Artworks: Vittore Carpaccio, The Preparation of Christ’s Tomb, c.1505, Canvas, Kat. Nr. 23°.

Part of the Series Unlocking Christian Art. Produced in partnership with the National Museums in Berlin, these short films tell the story of Jesus with the help of the treasures of the Bode-Museum and the Gemäldegalerie, both sculpture and painting. These films are designed to equip users to understand, read, and enjoy some of Europe’s greatest works of Christian art, as well as the texts that inspired them, and to encourage fresh interpretation and insight in today’s audiences.

Related Exhibitions

Lamentation over the Dead Christ by Andrea Mantegna
Invisible Mother by Urs Fischer
The Entombment (or Christ being carried to his Tomb) by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Matthew 27:57–61; Mark 15:42–47; Luke 23:50–56; John 19:38–42
The Burial of Christ

Jesus is taken down from the Cross (Station of the Cross no. 13) by Engelbert Mveng
The Laufacher Pieta by The Laufacher Pieta
The Lamentation of Christ (Beweinung Christi) by Willem Key

Luke 2:34–35
A Sword Will Pierce Your Own Heart Also

More Gemäldegalerie Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ

The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. Introduction"
1. Jesus Christ: An Introduction (8:36)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Adoration of the Magi"
2. The Adoration (4:24)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Baptism"
3. The Baptism (4:35)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. Miracles"
4. Miracles (4:41)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Crucifixion"
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus (4:32)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Resurrection"
7. The Resurrection (6:03)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. Andachtsbilder"
8. Andachtsbilder (5:52)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Last Judgement"
9. The Last Judgement (6:24)