This is a dramatic and famous painting of the burial of Jesus, by the Master Caravaggio
. Nicodemus holds the Savior's legs and John holds Christ's wounded side. The Blessed Mother stands behind the apostle, stretching out her arms in longing for a final embrace of her Divine Son. Mary Magdalene stands beside the Blessed Virgin, her head bowed before Christ's body. Mary of Cleophas stands behind the others, her face and hands raised in grief. The group appears to have paused at the stone slab, which marks the entrance to the burial chamber of the cave tomb. Christ's limp right hand touches the stone, which is a symbol of Himself as the Founder of the Church.