Lamentation of Christ (around 1628) by Nicolas PoussinOriginal Source: Object in the Online-Collection of the Pinakotheken
Before Christ's body is placed in a tomb in the rock...
...those closest to him mourn over him.
Nicolas Poussin shows this old theme - one that is not actually described explicitly in the Canonical Gospels - in a particularly moving fashion.
John the Apostle in distraught prayer...
...and Mary fainting are both embodiments of pain depicted in different ways.
The two child-like putti are weeping.
Poussin stages his composition in a cemetery of antiquity...
...demonstrating his effort to achieve historical accuracy.
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