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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Annibale Carracci describes the tale of the holy women at Christ’s tomb in a detailed painting. The painting shows one episode of the gospel that indicates what happened when the three women got to the tomb where the body of Christ was supposed to be.

The art is stunning, and the overall painting is not only detailed but also descriptive. Annibale Carracci came up with the painting in the year 1598. It is one of the best arts in his collection of religious paintings. The materials used to paint the picture of Holy women at Christ’s tomb are oil on canvas. The style of the painting is Baroque, an extravagant style of painting that was prominent in the early 17th century. His ability to come up with clear images is fantastic, and the detailing indicates how perfect he was when it came to describing his thoughts on a canvas.

The painting vividly describes the happenings at Christ's tomb when Mary Magdalene and the other two females brought scented oil to anoint Christ's body. The females found an empty tomb, and on coming out, an angel was waiting. Annibale Carracci paints the angel sitting at the sarcophagus, explaining to the two female what is going on. He effortlessly reveals the surprise on the Holy women's face when the angel explains to them what happened. One of the women is holding an urn in which they carried the scented oils while the others are showing their utter surprise, something that makes the painting feel live.

The angel is in a white rob with wings and barefoot. One of the three women is also barefoot with an orange robe and a blue veil. The colour combinations of the women's clothing are fantastic, and the use of the baroque style makes the painting more appealing. Annibale Carracci also uses paint to clearly distinguish between the slab and the soil, something that also describes his clear understanding of art. He is also creative enough to include a detailed background so that the painting ends up with more details. He paints the sky and trees further away as well as people down a path riding a horse. He also includes a building that is further away from the main subjects in the painting.

Doing so makes the paint more unique and detailed, and that is something Annibale Carracci is seen doing in his previous paintings. What stands out in the painting of the Holy Women at Christ's tomb painting is the atmosphere, the women, and the angel. The background is also detailed enough to make the art stand out further. He displays this episode of the gospel in a unique manner. The perfect colour combination and numerous inclusions are things he uses to achieve precisely what he wants, and that is a unique painting. The painting was procured in 1836 by the W. Coesvelt collection, London. It is, however, currently in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Holy Women at Christ's Tomb in Detail Annibale Carracci