Three grief-striken figures lament over the body of a dead man lying on the ground before them. One of these figures, a robed woman who clasps her hands in agony, leans forward to peer into the face of the dead man, who is rendered with dramatic foreshortening. To the left of this woman sits a long-haired man wiping his eyes while another woman with wild unkempt hair seated next to him raises her arms in abject sorrow. Three nails and a pair of vessels sit in the immediate foreground next to the artist's initials "HGB."
This woodcut print depicts the Virgin Mary, St. John the Evangelist, and Mary Magdalene lamenting over the body of Christ at the foot of the cross. The Virgin, with her cowl drawn over her head, leans over Christ's body, while John and the Magdalene, wild with grief, sit behind her. The posts of the three crosses and a ladder as well as the feet of the two criminals executed with Christ appear behind this dramatic knot of figures. The nails driven through Christ's hands and feet sit prominently alongside two vessels in the foreground.