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Pietà

1596
16th century
20.73 cm x 14.6 cm (8 3/16 in. x 5 3/4 in.)

Hendrick Goltzius (Mülbracht, Germany, 1558 - 1617, Haarlem, The Netherlands) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, Dutch
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1980
Accession Number: 1980.56

The pietà was a common theme in religious art during the 1500s. In this print, the Virgin is praying while she weeps. The cross upon which Christ was crucified stands in the background as a reminder of the sacrifice that Christ made for mankind and that the Virgin made by giving up her son.

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