Lamentation over the Dead Christ

Master of The Virgo Inter Virgines, 1480 - 1495 about

WAG 1014

About this object

This anonymous artist was a leading figure in the Northern Netherlands during the late 15th century. His name comes from one of his works which shows the Virgin and Child among four holy virgins, held in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

His works are distinguished by their austere colouring, emotional piety and ability to express overwhelming grief. This scene's poignant and horrific drama is emphasised by the desolate landscape and skull-like heads of the richly-dressed figures.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    The Entombment
  • Artist(s)
    Master of The Virgo Inter Virgines (Netherlandish, born:unknown, died:unknown)
  • Date
    1480 - 1495 about
  • Materials
    Oil paint; Tempera; Panel
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 55.2 cm x 56.3 cm
  • Physical description
    From the left two holy women (Mary Salome and Mary Cleophas) and the Virgin dressed in blue drapery who is supported by St. John dressed in red drapery. On the right there is one female figure (Mary Magdalen) who is holding her long hair and two male figures (Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea) who are supporting the dead Christ.
  • Related people
    Liverpool Royal Institution (Previous owner); Master of The Virgo Inter Virgines (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1014
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the Liverpool Royal Institution in 1948
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 01
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Liverpool Royal Institution

    Owned from: 1819
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1948
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: A. Israelson (?)
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
Object view = Fine Art
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