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  • The Lamentation

    Artist:
    Caracci, Agostino. 1557
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    191x156 cm

Caracci, Agostino. 1557

The Lamentation

Italy, Circa 1586

Agostino Carracci and his cousins Annibale and Ludovico have gone down in history for founding the Bologna Academy, which was to lay the basis for a whole new trend in European art. The Lamentation is an early work by Agostino. Before being placed in the cave, the body of Christ is prepared for burial (Gospel According to John, xix: 38-40). Christ's body is of ideal beauty, preserving its flexibility and plasticity even in death. Only the bluish shadows in the body remind us that this is a scene of burial. To the right, the blond Magdalene anoints Christ from a golden chalice, while to the left is John the Evangelist with a vast lit candle. The Magdalene's bright yellow shiny robe and the bright red of John's drapery seem to frame the figure of the Saviour, while the clothes of the remaining figures - Mary, Joseph of Arimathaea and a small angel - are in greyish-blue and dark green neutral tones. The rich colours of the painting owe much to the influence of Venetian art, also to be seen in the figure of the Magdalene, who recalls a typical heroine from a painting by Veronese. The source for this composition was in fact a Lamentation by Veronese, also in the Hermitage, from which in 1582 Agostino produced an engraving

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The Lamentation

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oil

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191x156 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1779; acquired from the R. Walpole collection, Houghton Hall, England

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ГЭ-1489

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