The Lamentation

Attributed to Jan de Beer (Netherlandish, Antwerp ca. 1475–1528 Antwerp)

Former Attribution:
Formerly attributed to Dirck Vellert (Netherlandish, Amsterdam (?) ca. 1480/85–ca. 1547)
ca. 1505
Pen and black ink, over black chalk
6 x 9 in. (15.3 x 22.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Pat and John Rosenwald Gift and 2000 Benefit Fund, 2001
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: At lower left, inscribed "Quintin Metsys van Brussel" in pen and brown ink (16th- or 17th-century handwriting). Verso: at upper center, inscribed "vente Muller Amsterdam / 20 Nov 1882 / no 134 du catalogue" in graphite (20th-century handwriting); at lower left, inscribed "14 ¾ x 22 ¾" in graphite (20th-century handwriting)

    Marking: At lower right, the collector's mark of Robinson (Lugt 1433)

  • Provenance

    Général Comte Antoine François Andreossy (Paris 1761–1828 Paris)(according to Friedländer 1915); Ambroise Firmin-Didot (French, 1790–1876); Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 16, 1877 and following days, lot 54; Sir John Charles Robinson (British, 1824–1913); Muller (Amsterdam), November 20, 1882, lot 134, as by Quentin Matsys(as by Quentin Matsys); Jhr. Ch. van de Poll (Haarlem),1908; Countess Bielska (Brussels); Christie's, New York, January 24, 2001, lot 149(as by the Master of the Van Groote Adoration); Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel , Munich

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 28, 2002–April 21, 2002.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 4, 2010–January 3, 2011.

  • References

    Christie's, New York Old Master Drawings. Sale cat. New York, January 24, 2001, cat. no. 149 (as by the Master of the Van Groote Adoration), ill.

    Maurice Delestre Catalogue illustré des dessins et estampes: Composant la collection de M. Ambroise Firmin-Didot de l'Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres. Sale cat. Paris, 1877, cat. no. 54.

    Nicolas Beets "Dirick Jacobsz Vellert, peintre d'Anvers: III: Premiers dessins" L'Art flamand et hollandais. 1908, pp. 99-101, fig. 6 (as by Vellert).

    Max J. Friedländer "Jahrbuch der königlich Preussischen Kunstsammlungen" Die Antwerpener Manieristen von 1520. Berlin, 1915, p. 75.

    Sir William Martin Conway The Van Eycks and their Followers. London, 1921, p. 387.

    Max J. Friedländer Die niederländischen Manieristen. Leipzig, 1921, pl. 9.

    Max J. Friedländer "Die Antwerpe Manieristen: Adriaen Ysenbrant" Die altniedeländische Malerei. vol. 11, Berlin, 1933, p. 24, no. 4 (as by Jan de Beer).

    Max J. Friedländer Early Netherlandish Painting: The Antwerp Mannerists Adriaen Ysenbrandt. vol. 11, New York, Washington, 1974, p. 18, no. 4, p. 108, note 5 (as by Jan de Beer).

    Karel G. Boon Catalogue of the Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Rijksmuseum: Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries. vol. 2, The Hague, 1978, p. 202.

    Dan Chalmer Ewing The Paintings and Drawings of Jan de Beer. PhD diss., 1978 pp. 309-310, no. 28, fig. 75 (attribution to de Beer uncertain).

    Peter van den Brink Extravagant!: A forgotten chapter of Antwerp Painting 1500-1530. Ex. cat., Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Oct. 15-Dec. 31, 2005 and Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Jan. 22-Apr. 9, 2006. 2005, cat. no. 32, ill.

    Maryan W. Ainsworth, Stijn Alsteens, Nadine Orenstein "Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures." in Ex. cat.: Jan Gossart's Renaissance: The Complete Works. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2010, p. 89, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History