European Art
Artist: Unknown

The Lamentation

ca. 1470


122.56 × 183.2 × 34.29 cm (48 1/4 × 72 1/8 × 13 1/2 in.)
Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903, Fund
Little is known about this interesting object carved from wood and originally painted with various colors making it seem more realistic. Based upon the mixture of Italian Renaissance influence and International Gothic style, the piece is thought to be Northern Italian (or perhaps even Austrian) from the latter half of the fifteenth century. The monument depicted stems from the narrative cycle of Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection, after the dead body was removed from the cross and before it was put into the tomb.
Not on view
North Italian
15th century

Dr. James Simon, Berlin; Kaiser Friedrich Museum, Berlin, to ca. 1927; Victor Hahn, Berlin, acquired from the above in exchange for paintings; Ball & Graupe et Cie, Berlin, June 27, 1932, lot 26; Possibly Collection Carl von Weinberg, Frankfurt; Friedrich Pfundmayer, Vienna; sale of the above, Weinmueller, Munich, November 13-14, 1941, lot 296. Possible sale, ca. 1942; Josef Thorak, Hartmannsberg, ca. 1942, and by descent to Mrs. Erna Josef Thorak until 1963; Wilhelm Henrich, Frankfurt, likely acquired from the above to 1965; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Dorothy Gillerman, Gothic Sculpture in America: The New England Museums, 1 (New York: Garland Publishing, 1989), 330–32, no. 246, ill.

Otto von Falke and Victor Hahn, Die Sammlung Victor Hahn, Berlin (Berlin: Hermann Ball and Paul Graupe, Berlin, 1932), no. 24.

This work appears on our "Artworks with Nazi-Era Provenance Documentation Gaps" page.
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.