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To Bury the Dead, from The Works of Mercy

A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.




Sébastien Bourdon
French, 1616-1671

About this artwork

One of the founders of the Academy, Sébastien Bourdon was considered one of the finest painters of his day, producing works in the classical vocabulary of Nicolas Poussin. He studied in Rome, worked in Paris and Sweden, and during 1656 and 1657 was called back to his native Montpellier where he executed seven compositions, The Works of Mercy, recalling the Seven Sacraments of Poussin. This scene is the last, depicting Tobias burying the victims of Sennacherib.


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Sébastien Bourdon


To Bury the Dead, from The Works of Mercy


France (Artist's nationality)

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Made 1656–1657


Engraving in black on cream laid paper


Image/sheet, trimmed within platemark: 42.2 × 57.5 cm (16 5/8 × 22 11/16 in.)

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Suzanne Lord Folds Endowment

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