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Pietà

Title: Pietà
Date: between 1482 and 1486
Artist: Ercole de' Roberti
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Nationality: Italian
Date of death:
Materials: Oil paint; Tempera; Panel
Information: This centre predella panel is part of a large altarpiece that is still in the church of San Giovanni in Monte, Bologna. Originally the panel was positioned above the altar directly in front of the priest's face as he celebrated mass.

Pietà (Italian for 'pity') was a type of Northern European devotional subject that is without scriptural basis. Pietàs were imported to Italy from about 1450. Christ's unidealised blood-drained body, Mary's angular black cloak, her anguished face and tender clasping of her dead son all combine to create an intense emotional effect. This is usually considered Ercole's masterpiece and is one of the finest works to come from the collection of William Roscoe.
Accession no: WAG 2773
Credit line: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the Liverpool Royal Institution in 1948
Location: Walker Art Gallery, on display