RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)
Lamentation over the Dead Christ (detail)1613-14
Oil on canvas
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna
Christ is lying on the anointment stone, though the body has not yet been anointed. His pale-faced mother closes his eyes and begins the cleansing process by removing a thorn from her son's forehead.