Thursday, April 30, 2020

01 Work, Interpretation the bible, With Footnotes - 127

Cologne School circa 1520/25
The Lamentation of Christ
Oil on oak panel
55 x 80 cm
Private collection

The Lamentation of Christ is a very common subject in Christian art from the High Middle Ages to the Baroque. After Jesus was crucified, his body was removed from the cross and his friends mourned over his body. This event has been depicted by many different artists.

Lamentation works are very often included in cycles of the Life of Christ, and also form the subject of many individual works. One specific type of Lamentation depicts only Jesus' mother Mary cradling his body. These are known as Pietà (Italian for "pity") More The Lamentation of Christ

The term "Cologne School of Painting" loosely describes those Old Masters who were active in the medieval city of Cologne, and the lower-Rhine region, from about 1350 to 1550. Its representative religious paintings - mostly altarpieces - illustrate the various styles of oil painting practiced in Northern Europe during the period. 

Cologne was one of the most important, wealthy and secure cities in Europe, with some 42,000 inhabitants, and a thriving economy based on its membership of the Hanseatic League. Its wealth, along with its extensive network of churches, chapels, monasteries and charitable foundations - and of course the magnificent Cologne Cathedral - provided a fertile environment for Christian art of all types. Not for nothing was it known as the "Rome of the North". More on Cologne School of Painting

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