The Lamentation

Luis de Morales Spanish

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Luis de Morales is as important as El Greco for an understanding of art and religion in Counter Reformation Spain. Both artists mined the same vein of intense spirituality. Morales’s images served as vehicles for meditation, earning him the epithet of "El Divino." He was the favorite painter of the religious reformer and archbishop of Valencia Juan de Ribera (1532–1611). As one scholar has observed: "No Spanish painter was ever to surpass Morales in expressing the passionate, personal faith of the mystical writers." This exceptionally fine lamentation over the dead Christ was owned by Pope Pius VII (1742–1823) and remained in his family until it was acquired by The Met in 2015.

The Lamentation, Luis de Morales (Spanish, Plasencia (?) 1510/11–1586 Alcántara), Oil on walnut

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