This very large painting was created as an altarpiece, a work of art displayed behind the altar at the front of a church or in a side chapel. In this highly emotional religious painting, a group of grieving men and women carry the limp, dead body of Jesus to burial, to be place inside his tomb. At lower left, the lid of a stone coffin, or sarcophagus, has been moved aside to accommodate the body. The scene appears to take place in a very shallow space, with the figures placed close to the front in order to heighten the viewer’s sense of being a part of the action. Known as the Entombment, or burial, the episode is a key element of the Christian story and became a popular subject for Christian religious art.