Dudley P. Allen Fund 1936.666
Catalogue raisonné: Karlsruhe 231.12 ; Hollstein II.88.53
Baldung's originality is evident in Lamentation, one of his most expressive and deeply moving works. Every element-radical foreshortening, compressed figures in exaggerated poses, the abruptly truncated top of the composition, even the frenzy of Mary Magdalene's cascading curls-intensifies the expression of grief. The low point of view projects instruments of the Passion into the spectator's space, making one a participant in this impassioned and anguished drama.
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