Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pietà (Vesperbild)

ca. 1400
Limestone with polychrome highlight
15 x 15 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (38.1 x 39.1 x 14.0 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 2001
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10
Created as an object of private devotion, this group is a strikingly pure expression of the Schöne Stil, or Beautiful Style, which emerged at the imperial court in Prague at the end of the fourteenth century and resonated across Europe. The broken, emaciated body of Jesus, naked except for a loincloth, offers a stark contrast to the young face and full figure of his mother as she gently grasps his wrists and cradles his body. The blending of sensuality and pain gives this sculpture immediate emotional appeal.
Michel Collection, Paris (until 1895) ; [ Julius Böhler, Munich (from 1895)] ; [ Julius Wilhelm Böhler, Munich (by 1934, by descent)] ; [ Julius Harry Böhler, Munich (by 1965, by descent)] ; Marion Böhler Eitle, Munich (by 1979, by descent) ; Christoph Eitle, Munich (1991, by descent–sold 2001)
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