An unusual provincial depiction of the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus following the crucifixion. This scene is referred to as a ‘pietà’, which translates from Italian as ‘pity’ or ‘compassion’.

It’s a subject that’s been painted many times since the advent of Christianity with the most famous occurrence being a Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, which is housed at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

This particular painting was probably created by an amateur artist as a devotional piece for worship in the home or church. It’s beautifully rendered and highly evocative with our lady holding her son like a newborn.

The painting is housed within a gilded swept frame with central and corner ornamentation. Dated in the upper left.

Oil on canvas laid on board
Size including frame
11½” x 13⅔” / 29cm x 35cm
Year of creation
c. 1814
The canvas has darkened over the years and accumulated craquelure throughout.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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