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Tympanum with the Lamentation (Pieta)
  • Masters of 15th Century Burgos School
    active: Spain
  • Tympanum with the Lamentation (Pieta), circa 1500–1510
  • Where object was made: Spain
  • limestone
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 115.6 x 204.4 x 43.2 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 45 1/2 x 80 1/2 x 17 in
    Weight: 3000 lbs total for all three parts
  • Museum purchase and partial gift of Edward R. Lubin
  • Not on display
  • 1963.0020.a,b,c
Label Text

Archive Label:
This large portal sculpture marks a moment of transition from late Gothic to Renaissance styles in Spain. Details of costume and the subject of the Lamentation itself reveal the influence of Flemish and Burgundian artists who arrived in Spain during the Hundred Years War. About 1498, however, Renaissance elements were introduced, such as rounded faces, thin draperies (as in Christ’s loincloth), and the semi-circular shape of the tympanum; these elements suggest a date shortly after the turn of the sixteenth century for this work. It may have come from the ruined Monastery of Santa Maria de la Armedilla near Cogeces del Monte, which was built at that time.