The Pietà in French Late Gothic Sculpture: Regional Variations
The image of the Virgin Mary holding the dead body of Christ in her lap caught the popular imagination in Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries. Forsyth, Curator Emeritus of Medieval Art at The Metropolitan Museum, surveys 167 Pieta sculptures, examining the image's rise, spread, and significance and focusing on the intriguingly diverse depictions of the Virgin's emotional state, as well as other distinctive regional variations. In addition, written sources of the Pieta image and its references in mystical writings are discussed. A catalogue provides summary information about some 1,250 Pietas. Includes 200 bandw illustrations and five maps. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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15th-early 16th century Allier altar Aube Aveyron Baudoin Beaune Bellac Bévotte bibl Bordeaux Burgundy Chalon-sur-Saone Champagne chapel chateau Christ’s body Christ’s head Christ’s legs Church 16th century Church Early 16th Church First quarter Church of Notre-Dame church of Saint Church of Saint-Martin Church of Saint-Pierre Cloulas-Brousseau 1976 coat of arms corbel Correze Cote-d’Or Courtesy Msgr David detail of Figure Dijon donor drapery Early 16th century Forsyth Grivot half of 16th Haute-Marne Haute-Saone Haute-Vienne headcloth Hees Historique Hofmann John and Mary Late 15th century Limoges mantle Marne Marsat Mary Magdalene Méras Meurthe-et-Moselle Mid-16th century missing modern paint Montbard Montbard Church Montlucon Morel-Payen Musée des Beaux-Arts niche painted stone painted wood Paris Fig Photo Pieta quarter of 16th retable Rézé-Huré Rodez Roudié Saint-Nizier Sainte-Savine Saone-et-Loire sculpture traces of paint transept Troyes Troyes Church Troyes Fig Vesoul Virgin’s Virgin’s head Vitry Vosges Zanettacci 1954