MANTEGNA, Andrea
(b. 1431, Isola di Cartura, d. 1506, Mantova)

San Luca Polyptych (detail)

1453
Tempera on panel
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

Above St Luke is a Pietà, a close-knit group representing Christ in His suffering: His narrow, finely proportioned body, still bound the Gothic concept of physicality, lies between Mary and John, who are tending him.