Lamentation over the Body of Christ

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

c. 1500

Artist:

Gerard David
Netherlandish, c. 1460–1523

About this artwork

In this painting, the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Saint Mary Magdalene grieve over the body of Christ while displaying it to the viewer. Although Gerard David and earlier Netherlandish painters often treated the Lamentation as a private devotional subject, this panel was part of a large altarpiece devoted to Saint Anne, the mother of the Virgin. It was made in Gerard David’s Bruges workshop for export to Spain. Lamentation over the Body of Christ formed the center of a row of narrative scenes supporting the superstructure of the altarpiece following Spanish convention. Parts of the altarpiece are now divided between museums in Washington, D.C.; Toledo, Ohio; and Edinburgh, Scotland. In the years around 1500, Gerard David was the leading painter working in Bruges, a Flemish city with a distinguished history as a center of trade and artistic production.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 202

Artist

Gerard David

Title

Lamentation over the Body of Christ

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1490–1510

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed: REGHE (on the Magdalene’s ointment jar)

Dimensions

55.1 × 62.8 cm (21 1/2 × 24 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1040

Extended information about this artwork

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