Pietà with Sorrowing Angels

Artist: Workshop of Mattheus van Beveren (Flemish, Antwerp ca. 1630–1690 Brussels)

Date: 17th century

Culture: Flemish

Medium: Boxwood; base: wood, ebony, tortoiseshell and ivory or bone

Dimensions: Overall (with base): 18 × 12 1/2 × 6 1/2 in. (45.7 × 31.8 × 16.5 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Miniature

Credit Line: Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1964

Accession Number: 64.164.242


Van Beveren also worked in ivory (see 1980.220) and carved larger wood and marble compositions for wealthy religious orders in Antwerp. The monumentality of this Lamentation derives from the sculptor's full-scale version of 1668, made for the altar of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows in Dendermonde (now Belgium). A cutout on the back of the base indicates that a cross once stood behind the group.