RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)

Lamentation over the Dead Christ (detail)

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.