'The Lamentation over the Dead Christ', Master of the Virgo inter Virgines, c.1486-7

The dead body of Jesus is held up as various figures grieve; the base of a cross and ladder can be seen in the background

Panel, 55.2 x 56.3cm

Accession number: WAG 1014

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.