The Lamentation

1614, Artist: Peter Paul Rubens



The Lamentation

This panel painting, which was created for private devotional use, focuses like a burning mirror on the Passion and the act of Christ’s redemption. The persons and objects are depicted with sensual differentiation and are intended to lead the viewer to a better understanding of the Passion story. This picture, which was painted with particular brilliance, is one of the few works by Rubens that he signed and dated.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal XIV

Object data

Object Name







Peter Paul Rubens (1577 Siegen - 1640 Antwerpen) - GND


oak wood


Overall: 40,3 cm × 52,5 cm × 0,5 cm
Framed: 55,5 cm × 67,5 cm × 5,5 cm


Inscribed on the outer left of the rock: P.P. RVBENS.F.I.6.I.4

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 515


1638-1649 Hamilton Coll.; Coll. Leopold Wilhelm

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