Bradford – Deposition of Christ

Event Details

  • Location: Bradford Cathedral
  • Address: 1 Stott Hill, Bradford, BD1 4EH
  • Start date: 22nd February 2023
  • End date: 07th April 2023
  • Times: Varies
  • Entry fee: Free

The Deposition of Christ, by Simon Rice, is a moment in the Gospel accounts when Jesus was taken down from the cross to be laid in the tomb. It is a passing moment; a necessary transition in the story but captured here on canvas.

The painting, however, is surprising and jarring. It is both realistic and surreal. It is muted and dark but with splashes of colour. There are expected figures alongside anachronistic objects. It is an expression of an artist wrestling to make sense of his subject.

The painting is accompanied by the story of the artist’s evolution of the piece and, so, the process becomes just as important as the final piece.