Lamentation of Christ: Albrecht Dürer

Lamentation of Christ: Albrecht Dürer

Lamentation of Christ is a 1500 painting by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer who was a prominent painter and printmaker in the late 15th century and early 16th century. This work is located in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, Germany.

The Lamentation of Christ, also known as the Deposition or Pietà, is a biblical event depicting the mourning and sorrow surrounding the removal of Jesus Christ’s body from the Cross after his crucifixion. While the specific term “Lamentation” is not used in the Bible, the event is narrated in all four Gospels: Matthew (27:57–61), Mark (15:42–47), Luke (23:50–56), and John (19:38–42).

According to the Gospel accounts, Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy disciple of Jesus, obtained permission from Pilate to take Jesus’ body down from the Cross. Along with Nicodemus, another follower, Joseph prepared the body for burial by wrapping it in a clean linen cloth and placing it in a new tomb.

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