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Pietà (Vesperbild)

Date:
1375–1400
Geography:
Made in Rhineland
Culture:
German
Medium:
Poplar, plaster, paint, gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 52 1/4 x 27 3/8 x 14 1/2 in. (132.7 x 69.5 x 36.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Wood
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1948
Accession Number:
48.85
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 16
The Virgin mourning over her son became a popular devotional subject in the later Middle Ages. Rigid in death, Christ's body bears the marks of his Passion. His small scale may reflect the writings of German mystics, who believed that the Virgin, in the agony of her grief, imagined she was holding Christ as a baby once again in her arms.
[ Lucien J. Demotte, Paris and New York] ; [ Ruth and Leopold Blumka, New York (sold 1948)]
Forsyth, William H. "Medieval Statues of the Pietà in the Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 11, no. 7 (March 1953). p. 178.

Husband, Timothy B., and Charles T. Little. Europe in the Middle Ages. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. 111, pp. 120-121.

Wixom, William D. "Medieval Sculpture at The Cloisters." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 46, no. 3 (Winter 1988-1989). p. 34.

Gertsman, Elina. Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015. pp. 171-72, fig. 132.



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