The Pieta'

The Pieta'

about 1515-17

Marcantonio Raimondi

(Italian, 1470/82-1527/34)

after Raphael

(Italian, 1483-1520)

Engraving

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1944.22

Catalogue raisonné: Bartsch XIV.40.35 ; Passavant VI.14.14 ; Delaborde 108.20

Description

The pietà—a scene of the Virgin Mary holding the dead body of Christ—was a traditional subject for sculpture in Northern Europe. Michelangelo’s sculpted Pietà of 1498 brought the composition to Italy and infused it with the idealism of classical sculpture. His contemporary, Raphael, designed this version of the scene two decades later, which was then engraved by Marcantonio Raimondi. It builds upon Michelangelo’s sculpted version but focuses on Mary’s statuesque pose and her intense expression of grief. The dead Christ—still idealized and classical in form—is laid before her rather than held in her lap.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Engraving
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Engraving

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