Angelic pietà

Unknown authorlate 19th century

Lithuanian Art Fund

Lithuanian Art Fund
Vilnius, Lithuania

Pietà (mercy in Italian) is a subject depicting the pain of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the sight of Jesus’ crucifixion. The Mother of God is portrayed cradling the body of her Son following his removal from the cross. Mary is majestic – with a crown, a cross, and a halo with twelve stars. A white veil covers her head and a large crown with a cross at the top adorns her head. One or seven daggers piercing her heart symbolise the sorrows of the Mother of God. Mary is larger than Jesus, thus giving her the central role in the painting. Sometimes Our Lady of Sorrows is depicted with instruments of Jesus’ torture – the crown of thorns and nails. The composition of the Angelic Pietà is supplemented with two angels with candles.


  • Title: Angelic pietà
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: late 19th century
  • Location: Plungė District, Lithuania
  • Physical Dimensions: 36 cm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: Wood carving, polychrome

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