Inventory number
P02540
Author
Weyden, Roger van der
Title
Pietà
Chronology
Ca. 1450
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimensions
46,8 cm x 34,5 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Acquired from deceased Fermín Lasala y Collado, Duke consort of Mandas y Villanueva, in 1925

Before 1444, the Master from Tornai created a prototype for the Pietà with his Miraflores Triptych. His masterful manifestation of Mary's pain makes this image appropriate for satisfying the devotional needs of a broad clientele. That explains why Weyden and his workshop made so many versions, with variations that include who accompanies the Virgin and her Son.

In this version, which was cut down to a lobed shape at an unknown dated, the Virgin and her Son are accompanied by the figures of Saint John and a member of the Broers family, who donated money for the painting and occupies the same space as the holy figures. Both the presence of the donor and the crown of thorns advise the faithful as to the meditative purpose of this image.

 
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