Lamentation of Christ (c.1498) by Albrecht Durer

Lamentation of Christ - Albrecht Durer - c.1498

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TitleLamentation of Christ
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Dimensions120 x 150 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationGermanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany

About Lamentation of Christ

The “Lamentation of Christ” is a religious painting by Albrecht Dürer, dating from approximately 1498. This oil painting is an example of Northern Renaissance art and measures 120 by 150 cm. It is housed in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany.

In the artwork, the central focus is on the lifeless body of Christ, which is being mourned by several figures traditionally identified as the Virgin Mary, Saint John, Mary Magdalene, and other disciples and holy women. Their expressions and gestures convey deep anguish and sorrow. The body of Christ is depicted with a high degree of realism, including the wounds from the crucifixion.

The painting is rich in symbolic details and demonstrates Dürer’s skill in rendering both human emotion and the textures of nature. The background is a detailed landscape that recedes into a distant, mountainous setting, creating a sense of depth. The landscape includes scenes that reference Christ’s passion, such as the Crucifixion, with empty crosses seen on a hill. At the bottom of the composition, a procession of figures, possibly donors or representations of various social statuses, witness the scene. Their presence adds another layer to the narrative, bridging the gap between the biblical event and the viewer’s contemporary world. The overall atmosphere is somber and contemplative, inviting the viewer to reflect on the themes of sacrifice and redemption central to the Christian faith.

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