The Descent from the Cross scene from the New Testament that relates the moment when Jesus was taken down from the Cross. It is depicted here with saints Mary Magdalene and Joseph of Arimatheawho watches Mary Christ s Mother, absent here in the painting as a symbol of her grief. The red light on both sides of the saints and Christ s downward position allude to his descent into Hades before His Resurrection, thus giving a double meaning to the title of the painting. In the background is the constellation of Orion. Like all paintings by Paul Armesto this painting is 100original and unique.