Pietà for Vittoria Colonna, after Michelangelo
35.5 cm x 20.4 cm (14 in. x 8 1/16 in.)
(Bologna, circa 1510 - after 1576, Bologna)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
By positioning the figures of the Virgin and Christ to echo the shape of the cross, this image accentuates the sacrificial connections of the crucifixion rather than the maternal connections of the traditional pietà scene.