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Pietà

Lorenzo Lotto

The pyramidal composition against a dark background highlights the tragic mood of the scene and focuses our attention on Mary, reflecting a Flemish tradition emphasising her role as mankind’s co-redeemer. That role is also stressed by the correlation between Christ’s arm which has fallen to the ground, and the flopping arm of his mother who has swooned and is being supported by St. John. The intense expressions, contrasting colours and shifting chiaroscuro come together to produce this sorrowful meditation on death.

Download hi-res image TITLE Pietà
AUTHOR Lorenzo Lotto
DATE 1545
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS cm 185 x 150
INVENTORY 215
ROOM XIV
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