Lamentation of Christ (Dürer, Munich)

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Lamentation of Christ
Albrecht Duerer- Lamentation for Christ.JPG
Artist Albrecht Dürer
Year c. 1500
Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions 151 cm × 121 cm (59 in × 48 in)
Location Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Lamentation of Christ (also known as Glimm Lamentation) is an oil-on-panel painting by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, executed around 1500 and currently housed in the Alte Pinakothek of Munich, Germany.

The work was commissioned by goldsmith Jakob Glimm as a memorial of his first wife, Margaret Holzmann, who a died in 1500. The removal of later re-painting in 1924 showed the original figures of the donors (Glimm and his three sons) and of the dead woman, depicted in far smaller proportions than the religious characters.


The painting shows the dead Jesus, held by Nicodemus and surrounded by the Pious Women, including an aged and distraught Mary. In the right part are three standing characters depicted on a diagonal line: from top, St. John the Evangelist, Mary Magdalene and Joseph of Arimathea, the last two holding vases which contained balms used to prepare the corpse for the burial.

See also[edit]


  • Costantino Porcu, ed. (2004). Dürer. Milan: Rizzoli.