UNKNOWN MASTER, German
(active around 1500 in North Rhine-Westphalia)

Pietà

c. 1500
Oak
St Peter's Church, Rheinberg

The depiction of Christ lying in the Madonna's lap, his head fallen back and his right arm hanging down lifelessly, is a pictorial type common in Nordic Pietà sculptures of the fourteenth and fifteenth century. In these Pietà scenes the Virgin Mary usually turns her head toward Christ in mourning.




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