The Lamentation

Ludovico Carracci Italian

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In this astonishing painting, Christ has been painted with a directness and lack of idealization that sixteenth-century critics found shocking, while the figures of the Virgin, the three Maries, and Saint John are strikingly stylized. This experimentation with the means of representation rather than an abstract sense of harmony and beauty characterizes Ludovico’s early work. A landmark of the Carracci reform of painting, the picture belonged to Alessandro Tanari, papal treasurer of Bologna and an avid collector of Ludovico’s paintings.

The Lamentation, Ludovico Carracci (Italian, Bologna 1555–1619 Bologna), Oil on canvas

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