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  • The Lamentation

    Artist:
    Goes, Hugo van der (?), c. 1440-1482
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    36,2x30,2 cm

Goes, Hugo van der (?), c. 1440-1482

The Lamentation

Netherlands, Early 16th century

The theme of the lamentation over the dead body of Christ was common in Netherlandish art of the 15th and 16th centuries. The Hermitage painting is a replica of the right wing of a diptych by Hugo van der Goes, now in the picture gallery of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. In his depiction of those closest to Christ, the pupils and followers who surround the Saviour's body, the artist sought to show how they were united by their shared profound sorrow. The Virgin Mary, supported gently by St John the Evangelist, Christ's favourite pupil, bends reverently over the lifeless body of her son. Joseph of Arimathaea is frozen in sorrowful thought. Mary Magdalene, to the left, wrings her hands in agony; beside her is the courageous Nicodemus. In the background are the holy women, one of whom wipes away her tears while the other kisses a nail removed from Christ's wound as a precious relic.

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The Lamentation

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oil

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36,2x30,2 cm

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Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage from the State Museum Fund

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-4782

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