Lamentation of Christ
On View In:
Gallery 342
Artist:   Hans Schnatterpeck  
Title:   Lamentation of Christ  
Date:   1490s  
Medium:   Pine, polychromed and gilt  
Dimensions:   23 1/8 x 42 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (58.74 x 107.32 x 24.13 cm) (approx.)  
Credit Line:   The John R. Van Derlip Fund  
Location:   Gallery 342  

Having been taken off the cross after his crucifixion, the lifeless body of Christ rests in his mother's lap. John the Evangelist holds his head, while Mary Magdalene looks at his feet, which according to the Gospel of Saint John, she had anointed in the house of Lazarus -- an episode also referred to by the ointment jar she is holding. Schnatterpeck shows the grief over Christ's death by the furrowed brows of John and Mary, as well as by the tear on Mary Magdalene's cheek and her desperate gesticulation. The angular folds and gestures and the bold colors are typical for late Gothic wood sculpture, which would become highly influential on the Expressionist artists of the early 20th century. This sculpture is remarkable for its large amount of original coloring.

Name:   Schnatterpeck, Hans  
Nationality:   Austrian  
Life Dates:   Austrian, active 1472 - c. 1510  

Object Description  
Classification:   Sculpture  
Physical Description:   three standing figures with Jesus' reclining body; Jesus wears gold loincloth and has curly hair and curling pointed beard; Mary at center wearing gold garment and head cloth, lined in blue; Mary Magdalene wearing gold cap and garment with red sleeve lining and holding a gold cylindrical container; man (Joseph?) with long curly hair at left wearing gold garment and cape with blue lining  
Creation Place:   Europe, Austria, , ,  
Accession #:   2011.2  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts