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The Lamentation of Christ (recto and verso)

A work made of pen and brown ink, with small splatters of opaque green, gray and pink paint, with touches of white gouache (recto) and pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash (verso) on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, with small splatters of opaque green, gray and pink paint, with touches of white gouache (recto) and pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash (verso) on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1527/35

Artist:

Polidoro da Caravaggio
Italian, c. 1499–c. 1543

About this artwork

This two-sided sheet features variations on the subject of the Lamentation of Christ, the period of mourning over Christ’s body after his crucifixion and before his resurrection. The drawing’s most finished side is divided into three scenes. The dead Christ is mourned by his followers at center. His tomb is prepared for his burial at left, and the bodies of the good and bad thieves—the two thieves who were crucified alongside Christ—are carried away at upper right. The sheet’s less-finished side contains a variation on the lamentation scene on the drawing’s front.

Although he was influenced by his master, Raphael, Polidoro later adopted a style of drawing in pen and ink characterized by reduced forms made of agitated strokes and rapid hatching, as seen here.

Status

On loan

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Polidoro da Caravaggio

Title

The Lamentation of Christ (recto and verso)

Origin

Italy

Date

1527–1535

Medium

Pen and brown ink, with small splatters of opaque green, gray and pink paint, with touches of white gouache (recto) and pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash (verso) on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

175 × 237 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.837

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