The Lamentation for Christ (1511) by Albrecht Durer

The Lamentation for Christ - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleThe Lamentation for Christ
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About The Lamentation for Christ

“The Lamentation for Christ” is an artwork by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1511 as a woodcut representation during the Northern Renaissance. This religious painting is part of “The Small Passion” series and is held in the British Museum located in London, UK.

In the image, we observe a densely packed scene encompassing various figures in a state of mourning and despair, indicative of the religious fervor typical of the time. The composition is dominated by the central figure of Christ, who is portrayed reclined and lifeless. His body exhibits signs of the crucifixion, with wounds visible on his hands and side. Surrounding Christ are several figures, likely his disciples and Mary, his mother, expressing their grief. The figures are rendered with dramatic facial expressions and gestures, emphasizing the sorrowful atmosphere of the scene. Each character contributes to the narrative, adding depth to the collective lamentation displayed.

The intricate craftsmanship of the woodcut technique is evident through the fine lines and details, particularly in the textures of clothing, hair, and foliage. Even in the stark black and white medium, Dürer succeeds in creating a composition full of movement and emotion, reflective of the powerful story it depicts. The artwork is a strong example of the artist’s skillful execution and his ability to convey complex human emotions. Dürer’s monogram, “AD,” can also be found in the artwork, signifying his authorship.

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