Duccio's Maesta

Rear view
Central panel: the Passion

21: The Deposition

   The deposition is one of the most familiar scenes in art, and yet it is barely mentioned in the gospels. The narrative focus is on Joseph of Arimathea, the elderly haloed man on the ladder:  'And he bought fine linen, and took him down.'  (Mark 15 v46). One of other male figures will be  Nicodemus. John mentions that Joseph and Nicodemus are both  members of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish High Court, and followers of Jesus.  They presumably did not agree with the verdict on Jesus. 
  The other figures represent Mary the mother of God, Mary Magdalene (behind her) and the various other Marys mentioned in the gospels. 

Maesta rear index