The Lamentation

Petrus Christus Netherlandish

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Intended for private devotion, this painting depicts the lamentation over Christ's dead body as a model for the viewer’s own contemplation and empathy. The figures lifting Christ’s shroud, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, stand out in their contemporary attire, offering a bridge to the viewer's own time. Mary’s limp pose is meant to suggest her co‑suffering with her son and affirms her role as co‑redeemer. The painting may have been exported to Italy, since it inspired a marble relief in the cathedral of Palermo, Sicily.

The Lamentation, Petrus Christus (Netherlandish, Baarle-Hertog (Baerle-Duc), active by 1444–died 1475/76 Bruges), Oil on wood

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