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Deposition of Christ
Artist Agnolo Bronzino
Year 1540-1545
Type Oil on panel
Dimensions 268 cm × 173 cm (106 in × 68 in)
Location Musée des Beaux-Arts, Besançon

The Deposition of Christ is a painting by the Italian artist Agnolo di Cosimo, known as Bronzino, finished in 1540-1545. It is housed in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Besançon, France.

The work is signed OPERA DEL BRONZINO FIORENTINO. It was originally commissioned for the chapel of Eleonora of Toledo in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Her husband, Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici, however gifted the picture to the French Cardinal Nicolas Granvelle, chancellor of Emperor Charles V, as a political move. At Granvelle's death (1551), the work was placed in his funerary chapel at his hometown of Besançon. Originally, there were two side panels: the left one, depicting St. John the Baptist and St. Cosmas, is now in John Paul Getty Museum; the right one is no more existing.

The Deposition shows Christ in the center, supported by the Virgin, who is in turn hold by St. John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene.

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