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Pietà

around 1603, Artist: Annibale Carracci

 

 

Pietà

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.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal II

Object data

Object Name

Painting

Culture

Italian, Emilian

Dated

around 1603

Artist

Annibale Carracci (1560 Bologna - 1609 Rom) - GND

Material

copper

Dimensions

Overall: 41,3 cm × 60,7 cm
Framed: 62,5 cm × 81,8 cm × 5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 230

Provenance

Coll. Leopold Wilhelm

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