Rembrandt completed an inspiring painting in 1634 that he titled, "The Descent from the Cross." Standing to the right of the cross, a somberly dressed figure in deep brown-red, is Nicodemus, who received permission to bury Jesus. Seated left, whose colors barely make her visible, is Mary, shown fainting and supported by several women. Gathered in the rear are the apostles, scarcely seen in the dark shadows. The livid color of Christ's body, set off against white linen, surrounded by the dark images, creates an unforgettable impression.