Édouard Manet - The Dead Christ with Angels 1864

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The Dead Christ with Angels 1864

The Dead Christ with Angels 1864
179x149cm oil/canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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From Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Manet identified the source for this painting, the first of several religious scenes, in the inscription on the rock: the Gospel according to Saint John. However, in the passage cited, Christ’s tomb is empty except for two angels. After Manet sent the canvas to the 1864 Salon, he realized that he had made an even greater departure from the text, depicting Christ’s wound on the wrong side. Despite Charles Baudelaire’s warning that he would "give the malicious something to laugh at," the artist did not correct his mistake. Critics indeed denounced the picture, particularly the realism of Christ’s cadaverous body.