Lamentation for Christ (1500 – 1503) by Albrecht Durer

Lamentation for Christ - Albrecht Durer - 1500 - 1503

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TitleLamentation for Christ
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1500 - 1503
Dimensions121 x 151 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

About Lamentation for Christ

“Lamentation for Christ” by Albrecht Durer is a religious painting from the Northern Renaissance period, created between 1500 and 1503. Executed in oil on panel, it measures 121 cm by 151 cm. Currently, the piece is housed at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, Germany.

The artwork presents a poignant scene depicting the Lamentation of Christ. Central to the composition is the lifeless body of Jesus Christ, who is being mourned by a group of figures gathered around him in a classical lamentation tableau. Each individual expresses grief distinctly, contributing to the overall atmosphere of sorrow and devotion characteristic of the religious genre. The background features a detailed landscape, which includes mountains and a city, adding to the sense of depth and setting the scene in a broader context. The presence of significant symbols, like the crown of thorns resting in the foreground and the stark crucifix standing in the top right of the painting, underscores the theological significance of the scene. Durer’s mastery of detail and his ability to convey human emotion are evident in this emotionally charged and meticulously crafted work.

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