Giovanni Bellini
Lamentation over the Dead Christ

1471-74
Oil on wood panel
Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome

This Lamentation is unusual in that the Virgin Mary is not shown. The young woman at right is St. Mary Magdalene. She seems to be anointing Jesus's body with ointment from the jar being held by the man behind her. He and the man behind Jesus are probably Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus.

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Photographed at the Pinacoteca Vaticana by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.