The Lamentation

Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 640

The surface of this pristinely preserved painting has an enamel-like finish and jewellike depth of color. It was painted by Domenichino a year after he moved from his native Bologna to Rome. The composition repeats that of a large altarpiece designed by Annibale Carracci for the Church of San Francesco a Ripa, Rome. Annibale greatly admired the talent of his young assistant, who in this painting outstripped his elder in creating a mood of restrained but poignant grief. The turbaned figure of Joseph of Arimathea with an urn was Domenichino’s personal interpolation into Annibale’s composition.

The Lamentation, Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri) (Italian, Bologna 1581–1641 Naples), Oil on copper

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