three standing figures with Jesus' reclining body; Jesus wears gold loincloth and has curly hair and curling pointed beard; Mary at center wearing gold garment and head cloth, lined in blue; Mary Magdalene wearing gold cap and garment with red sleeve lining and holding a gold cylindrical container; man (Joseph?) with long curly hair at left wearing gold garment and cape with blue lining

Lamentation of Christ, 1490s

The lifeless body of Jesus Christ, taken off the cross after his crucifixion, rests in his mother Mary’s lap. John the Evangelist holds his head. Mary Magdalene, with an ointment jar, looks at his feet—according to the Gospel of Saint John, she had once anointed Jesus’s feet with expensive perfume. The angular folds and gestures in this painting, as well as the bold colors, are typical of late Gothic wood sculpture and greatly influenced the Expressionist artists of the early 20th century. This sculpture is remarkable for its large amount of original coloring.

Details
Title
Lamentation of Christ
Artist Life
active 1472–c. 1510
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2011.2
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three standing figures with Jesus' reclining body; Jesus wears gold loincloth and has curly hair and curling pointed beard; Mary at center wearing gold garment and head cloth, lined in blue; Mary Magdalene wearing gold cap and garment with red sleeve lining and holding a gold cylindrical container; man (Joseph?) with long curly hair at left wearing gold garment and cape with blue lining