The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 18, 2024



Location: not on view


Twentieth-century artists, particularly those seeking to express religious feeling, often turned to Renaissance works of art as models. Although in reverse, the composition of this 20th-century pietà bears strong resemblance to Michelangelo’s 1498 sculpture. Both compositions are deeply mournful, capturing the sorrow of the mother's loss of her child, even while Wiktorya Gorynska’s print displays aspects of modern art such as flattened space and simplified, abstract forms. Gorynska added unique elements, such as the striped shroud and the kneeling figure of Saint John the Evangelist at left.
  • Prints Accessioned in 1935. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 14-November 8, 1936).
    Contemporary European Prints from the Museum Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 18-September 6, 1939).
    Master/Apprentice: Imitation and Inspiration in the Renaissance. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 13, 2019-February 23, 2020).
  • {{cite web|title=Pietà|url=false|author=Wiktorya J. Gorynska|year=1929|access-date=18 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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