around 1603, Artist: Annibale Carracci
Overwhelmed by her helplessness and pain, Mary holds her dead son in her lap. Pale colours and the pathos of marbles by Michelangelo and from antiquity are concentrated into a scene suffused with the silence of death. A crown of thorns and bloody nails in the gloom of the tomb point to the agonies suffered; at the same time, they offer the devout believer reference points for prayers and spiritual immersion, as befitted the intentions of the Counter-Reformation.
Annibale Carracci (1560 Bologna - 1609 Rom) - GND
Overall: 41,3 cm × 60,7 cm
Framed: 62,5 cm × 81,8 cm × 5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
Coll. Leopold Wilhelm
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