DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

The Lamentation

Silverpoint, 293 x 416 mm
Kunsthalle, Bremen

The corpse is leaning against the knee of the Magdalen, who is seated on the ground. The Virgin is raising Christ's head and holding his left arm on her lap. St John and Joseph of Arimathea are visible in half length. This is an extremely significant sketch for a painting in the late style, in which form is entirely saturated with expression.