Quinten Massys
Circle of

The Lamentation

c. 1510
Christ’s followers are stopped in mid-action, the better for us to observe them. Their actions – preparing to anoint Christ’s corpse or preserving the Crown of Thorns – draw us into the scene, expanding our experience beyond simple grief. Supported by John, the Virgin prays over her son, offering a guide to our behaviour. A large altarpiece by Massys, painted for a craft guild’s chapel in Antwerp, provided the model. Frame: running moulding, polychromed. Flanders or Germany, 16th century
Artist
Circle of
Title
The Lamentation
Date
c. 1510
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on oak
Dimensions
68 x 137 cm
Nationality
Flemish
Credit line
Purchased 1949
Accession number
4942

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