The Pietà theme

9:55 AM


In commemoration of Easter, I've compiled a list with some of my favorite "Pietàs". Probably the most famous of all is Michelangelo's sculpture, which is indeed highly impressive.


Pietà - Michelangelo
1498 - 1499
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But we can't forget that "Pietà" designates a common subject in Art which focuses on portraying Mary holding the dead Christ on her arms after the Crucificion.
The Virgin mourning Christ - Annibale Carracci
1599 - 1600
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Some of the paintings, like the ones below, also include other characters such as Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Mary Magdalene.
Lamentation - Meister von Nerezi
1164
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Very appropriately,  Pietà means "pity"or "compassion" in Italian.

Pietà - Giovanni Bellini
1465
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Which one is your favorite "Pietà"?

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