The Lamentation at the Foot of the Cross

Christ's dead body is mourned at the foot of the cross by the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene (identified by her blond hair), Saint John the Evangelist, and probably Nicodemus and Saint Joseph of Arimathea.

The composition of the picture is influenced by a Rembrandt treatment of The Lamentation over the Dead Christ, which was at the time in the possession of the British consul, Joseph Smith, in Venice, and might therefore have been known to Tiepolo. It is also closely related to another version by the same artist, The Lamentation at the Foot of the Cross. It may be part of a series of pictures on the Passion themes.

Key facts

Artist dates
1727 - 1804
Full title
The Lamentation at the Foot of the Cross
Date made
probably 1750-60
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
80 x 89.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Miss Emilie Yznaga, 1945
Inventory number
Location in Gallery