This is an early work, which is typical in its expressive gestures, distorted anatomy and colour contrasts. The summary way that the figures behind the Virgin are painted is a remarkable example of Dosso's dramatic handling of paint.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1512; died 1542
Full title
Lamentation over the Body of Christ
Date made
perhaps about 1510-20
Medium and support
Oil on wood
36.5 x 30.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Sir Claude Phillips Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
Location in Gallery