(active c. 1300 in Rhineland)

Röttgen Pietà

c. 1300
Painted limewood, height 89 cm
Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn

One of the most intensely moving kinds of representation in Christian art is the Pietà, which emerged as a separate devotional image in the late 13th century. A Pietà among the best known, because it is particularly expressive is the one in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn (formerly in the Röttgen Collection). In this woodcarving the Virgin is shown with the dead Christ in her lap. She is contorted with the agony of loss. One of the early sculptures of this type, it is distinguished by its direct and forceful style of representing suffering.

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