La Descencion de Jesus
(The Descent of Jesus from the Cross)

1900s
Graciano T. Nepomuceno



The artwork in hi-relief is an interpretation of Reubenís oil-on-canvas original. It depicts the moment when Christ was taken down from the cross by Joseph of Arimathea in the presence of His disciples and Mother Mary. Noteworthy is the meticulous rendition of several figures with anatomical and dimensional precision.

The relief is an interpretation of the 13th Station of the Cross as found in all Roman Catholic Churches. The Stations of the Cross have been an educational forum for the Catholic Church to bring the Biblical events to the masses.

Graciano T. Nepomuceno was the leading sculptor and santero (icon maker) during the early 1900ís. He was the predecessor of Guillermo Tolentino, National Artist, in the University of the Philippines.


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