The Lamentation of Christ

after 1484, Artist: Geertgen tot Sint Jans



The Lamentation of Christ

This panel originates from the High Altar of the Chapel of the Order of St. John in Haarlem. This altar is the masterpiece by Geertgen tot Sint Jans, the most important master of Dutch painting of the 15th century. The “Lamentation of Christ” formed the inner side of the right wing. The centre panel with a Crucifixion of Christ and the left wing were destroyed during the Iconoclasm or the Siege of Haarlem by Spanish troops.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 17

Object data

Object Name



Early Netherlandish


after 1484


Geertgen tot Sint Jans (um 1460/65 Leiden (?) - nach 1490 Haarlem) - GND


oak wood


oben beschnitten: top cut: 175 x 139 cm
Framed: 194 cm x 160,5 cm x 10,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 991


After the destruction of the altar during the siege of Haarlem by Spanish troops, the remaining wing was temporarily transferred to Utrecht in 1573; until 1625 in the possession of the Order of St. John in Haarlem; then until 1628 in the possession of the city of Haarlem; in 1636 given as a gift by the States General to King Charles I of England; 1638-1649 Coll. Hamilton; Coll. Leopold Wilhelm;

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