DONATELLO
(b. ca. 1386, Firenze, d. 1466, Firenze)

The Deposition of Christ (detail)

1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

A clearly defined vertical break is provided by the ladder which is being used to take Christ's body down from the cross. Mary is leaning towards the body of her dead son, and some of the bystanders are lost in thought and mourning, while others are also using emotional gestures to express their pain.