BALDUNG GRIEN, Hans
(b. 1484/85, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, 1545, Strassburg)

The Lamentation of Christ (detail)

c. 1518
Lime panel
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

The composition is dominated by the body of Christ, covered in wounds, who lies on a shroud at the foot of the cross. Behind him sits the grieving Mother of God. Mary Magdalene has, in a gentle gesture, taken hold of the left hand of Christ and brought it to her face. The background shows a peaceful landscape with a castle towering above a steep precipice at the bottom of which is a lake.