Lamentation for the Dead Christ (1495 – 1498) by Albrecht Durer

Lamentation for the Dead Christ - Albrecht Durer - 1495 - 1498

Artwork Information

TitleLamentation for the Dead Christ
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1495 - 1498
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Lamentation for the Dead Christ

The artwork titled “Lamentation for the Dead Christ” was created by Albrecht Durer between 1495 and 1498. It is executed in the medium of woodcut and is associated with the Northern Renaissance art movement. Characterized as a religious painting, the piece can be found in the British Museum located in London, United Kingdom.

In this woodcut, Durer depicts a sorrowful scene following the death of Christ. The central figure of the composition is Jesus Christ, who is shown after being taken down from the cross, lying on the ground, and surrounded by mourners. A distinct sense of grief and devastation is portrayed through the body language and expressions of the figures, who are likely Mary, his mother, and other holy figures such as Mary Magdalene and Saint John the Evangelist, as typically represented in scenes of the Lamentation.

The technique used in the woodcut is detailed and intricate, capturing a dramatic array of textures and patterns, from the flowing robes of the mourners to the rugged landscape in the background. The scene is framed by a stark, leafless tree on the left and a tall cross on the right, with the backdrop featuring a distant town and mountains, adding a sense of depth and place to the scene. The haloed figures are gathered closely, enhancing the feeling of intimacy and shared sorrow. Each character brings a different emotional element to the scene, adding to the overall impact of the artwork. The attention to detail in this woodcut exemplifies Durer’s masterful skill and his ability to convey powerful narratives through this medium.

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