Lamentation over the Dead Christ (Donatello)

The Lamentation over the Dead Christ is an incomplete bronze relief sculpture of c. 1455–1460, produced in his old age by Donatello and now in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It measures 32.1 by 41.7 cm.[1]

Lamentation over the Dead Christ
Compianto del cristo morto, donatello.jpg
Yearc. 1455–1460
MediumBronze cast in relief
LocationVictoria and Albert Museum, London

It is generally held to be a fragment or test piece for the bronze doors commissioned from the artist for Siena Cathedral but never completed. It may be the bronze of the subject recorded as being in the cathedral's possession in 1659.[2]


  1. ^ "Lamentation over the Dead Christ". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  2. ^ (in Italian) Rolf C. Wirtz, Donatello, Könemann, Cologne 1998. ISBN 3-8290-4546-8.