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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Name-CRT: German
Title: Pietà
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1375
Creation End Date: 1400
Creation Date: 1375-1400
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Poplar, plaster, polychromy, gilding
Dimensions: 52 1/4 x 27 3/8 in. (132.7 x 69.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 48.85
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1948

The Virgin seated alone and mourning over the body of her son became a popular devotional subject in the later Middle Ages, developed from mystical writings that focused on the contemplation of the suffering of Christ and his mother. Here Mary shows the stiff awkwardness of intense grief, and Christ's body, rigid in death, bears the marks of the Passion. His small size not only throws the sculptural emphasis on the Virgin, but also reflects the idea expressed in the mystical literature that the Virgin, in the agony of her grief, imagined that she was holding the infant Christ again in her arms.

AMICA ID: MMA_.48.85
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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