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Lamentation over the Dead Christ (Botticelli, Munich)

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The Lamentation over the Dead Christ, is a painting of the common subject of the Lamentation of Christ by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli, finished around 1490-1492. It is now in the Alte Pinakothek, in Munich.

Lamentation over the Dead Christ
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ArtistSandro Botticelli
Year1490–1492
MediumTempera on panel
Dimensions140 cm × 207 cm (55 in × 81 in)
LocationAlte Pinakothek, Munich

The portrait shows the inert body of Christ surrounded by the Virgin, St. Peter, and Mary Magdalene, St. John the Evangelist, St. Jerome and St. Paul.

The pathetic expressions of the characters were a novelty in Botticelli's art: under the spiritual influence of Savonarola's preachings in Florence, which began around the time the work was executed, he started in fact to abandon the allegoric inspiration that had made him a favourite of the Medici court in favour of more intimate and painstaking religious reflection.[1]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-06-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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