Saturday, March 5, 2016


Charles Ricketts (d. 1931) English

Lamentations did not appear in art north of the Alps until the 14th century, but then became very popular there, and northern versions further developed the centrality of Mary to the composition. The typical position of Christ's body changes from being flat on the ground or slab, usually seen in profile across the center of the work, to the upper torso being raised by Mary or others, and finally being held in a near-vertical position, seen frontally, or across Mary's lap. Mary Magdalene typically holds Jesus' feet.

Pieta- Lazar Vozarevic- Belgrade (b. 1925)
In fully populated Lamentations the figures shown with the body include The Three Marys, John the Apostle, Joseph and Nicodemus, and often others of both sexes, not to mention angels and donor portraits As time went on  the artists concentrated on Mary's grief for her son, with less narrative emphasis and the  outcome of this trend was the Pietà, showing just these two figures, which was especially suitable for sculpture, the most famous of course is Michelangelo's.

Van Gogh

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