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Devotional images that emphasize the physical sufferings of Christ developed early in the 14th century. This example, which derives from a Bohemian type known as a vesperbild, or Virgin of Sorrows, belongs to this tradition. Early examples represent the Virgin in a state of great emotion, but by the 15th century her demeanor is more calm and contemplative. The lyrical naturalism of the figure heralds the beginning of the German Late Gothic style.

Pietà, Wood, paint, and gilt, German

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