The religious value of such a picture lies in its power to revive personal memories. Death is one of the most solemn realities in the world; it is the door by which one passes from the seen and temporal into the more immediate consciousness of things unseen and eternal.
Commentary on Decent from the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens (1612) as quoted in the crappy old book, Christ and the Fine Arts (1938).
Decent from the Cross is the center panel of the alter-piece in the cathedral at Antwerp, Belgium, about 30 miles north of Brussels.
Reposted from 2016