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The Lamentation Over the Dead Christ with Saints, ca. 1500

Artist: Attributed to Andrea di Niccolò di Giacomo, Italian (Sienese School), ca. 1440-1525

Medium: Tempera on wood panel

Painting: 20 1/8 x 16 1/4 in. (51.1 x 41.3 cm)
Frame: 28 1/4 x 24 in. (71.8 x 61 cm)

Credit Line: Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Object Number: 61.192

On View

Karl Neumann, Barmen-Elberfeld (currently Wuppertal), Germany, by 1933; Count Alessanro Contini Bonacossi (1878-1955), Rome-Florence, July 13, 1934 [as Vecchietta]; Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955), New York, New York, 1939; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1952 [deacessioned]; Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York, New York, 1961

The Virgin Mary cradles the dead body of Christ, whose wounds still bleed from the Crucifixion. John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene help to support Christ’s body and press their cheeks against him in a tender representation of grief. Known as the Lamentation, this moment is not described in the Gospels but forms part of a long pictorial tradition. Behind, six haloed saints, each identifiable by their attributes, witness the scene; from left to right are Saints Dorothy, Ursula, Agnes, Margaret, Jerome and Francis. The panel’s scale and the selection of saints suggest it was used for private devotion.