To expand on the points made in the discussion, it is striking how van der Weyden has explored individual emotion. This is most apparent in the variety of poses and different types of grief shown. It is also notable that if you look at the figures carefully, no two of them are looking in the same direction. The individual figures are responding to the sorrow of Christ's death each in their own way.
My art history teacher also mentioned to us that this work was comissioned most likely by a Crossbow Guild because of the crossbow symbols in the upper left- and right-hand corners.
Some observations: The only figure that has direct physical contact with Christ's body is the angel, the other figures have a cloth boundry preventing contact, and lastly the shadow box effect seem to enhance the figures dance like qualities.
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