Pieta, Pietro Perugino
- Posted by Pietro Perugino
- Museum: Uffizi Gallery
- Year: Around 1493-1494
Overview of the painting :
Pieta – Pietro Perugino. Around 1493-1494. Wood, oil, tempera. 1b8x17b
The head of the Umbria picturesque school and the teacher Rafael Pietro Perugino (between 1445 and 1452-1523) created paintings in which, for example, some special silence reigns in the presented one. The word “Pieta”, which means “compassion, pity” in Italian, refers to the stage of mourning by the Mother of God of the dead Christ lying on her lap in painting and sculpture.
The picture is dominated by two mutually balanced compositional lines – the elongated body of the Savior and semicircular arches, which echoed the figure of Mary with their outlines. The arch – a symbol of the heavenly vault and world harmony – already in its form brings a feeling to the composition, emphasizing that the sacrifice of Christ was in vain. On His face is peace, the Mother of God is a deep longing that does not find a way out, and on the faces of John the Evangelist and the saint behind him is an expression that can be defined by the classic string “the seal of my light”. Sadness and hope with it are felt both in the spring landscape in the distance, and in the golden air enveloping everything depicted.