Rogier van der Weyden and studio: The Lamentation of Christ (1460-1464)

(Mauritshuis, The Hague, The Netherlands)

Last piece of Rogier van der Weyden this week. This time another altarpiece. Van der Weyden used oil-paint for his work which allowed him to work in great deatil - something shows in this painting. Showed on the painting is the typical setup in a lamentation piece: The Three Marys (Mary, Mary Magdalene (holding her jar) and Mary of Cleopas), John the Apostle, Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus. Also present on the painting are Saint Peter the Apostle (with his 2 keys) and Paul the Apostle (with the sword, the object of his Martyrdom). The kneeling person (a bishop) on the right is the donor - the man who commissioned this altarpiece. Painting from 1460-1464.

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