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Il Silenzio (The Madonna of the Silence), after Michelangelo

1561
16th century
40.1 cm x 26.9 cm (15 13/16 in. x 10 9/16 in.)

Giulio Bonasone (Bologna, circa 1510 - after 1576, Bologna) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, Italian
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.1735

Joseph and a young Saint John watch as Christ sleeps, draped across his mother's lap in a position suggestive of the pietà. Traditionally, the pietà is a theme in which the grieving mother clutches the body of her dead son in her lap. Here, the familial scene alludes both to the hope of salvation and Christ’s sacrifice. Mary’s lap becomes an altar upon which the sacrifice is made.

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