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Pieta or The Seven Sorrows of Mary

  • oil paint, panel
  • 79 x 68.5 cm
  • Inv. 1923-D

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This work was formerly registered as The Seven Sorrows of Mary. The Pietà – Italian for compassion – is one of the seven sorrows. The other six are depicted in the landscape behind Mary: Simeon’s prophesy of Jesus’ Passion in the Presentation at the Temple, the Flight into Egypt, the Child Jesus Lost in the Temple, Mary meeting Jesus carrying the cross on the road to Golgotha, The Crucifixion and the Burial of Jesus. The execution of the landscape and of the small, roughly sketched background figures is very different from that of the Pietà in the foreground.


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Title Pieta or The Seven Sorrows of Mary
Period 16th century
Location Antwerp TGN
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1923-D
Acquisition credit gift
The Friends of the Museum
Current whereabouts Work on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1923-D
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/963/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11D Christ Iconclass
11D3 Christ as adult Iconclass
11F the Virgin Mary Iconclass
11F25 'Mater Dolorosa' Iconclass
25H113 (high) hill Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
25I1411 lane, alley Iconclass
26A clouds Iconclass
31B6214 weeping Iconclass
31B62141 tears Iconclass
45D313 private soldier Iconclass
56BB1 Pain, Sorrow, Sadness; 'Dolore', 'Dolore di Zeusi' (Ripa) Iconclass
61E(JERUSALEM) names of cities and villages (JERUSALEM) Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73C public life of Christ: from his baptism until the Passion Iconclass
73D Passion of Christ Iconclass
73D4 from Pilate's palace to Golgotha: the procession to Calvary (Matthew 27:31-33; Mark 15:20-22; Luke 23:26-33; John 19:17) Iconclass
73D6 the crucifixion of Christ: Christ's death on the cross; Golgotha (Matthew 27:45-58; Mark 15:33-45; Luke 23:44-52; John 19:25-38) Iconclass
73D612 the cross(es) in the background Iconclass
73D6712 loin-cloth ~ particularities of crucifixion scenes Iconclass
73D72 the mourning over the dead Christ Iconclass
73D721 lamentation over the dead Christ by his relatives and friends (Christ usually without crown of thorns) Iconclass
73D73 Man of Sorrows, 'Imago Pietatis', 'Erbarmdebild', 'Schmerzensmann'; the upright Christ showing his wounds, usually bearing the crown of thorns, and accompanied by the instruments of the Passion, standing or sitting in his tomb Iconclass
73D82(CROWN OF THORNS) crown of thorns ~ instruments of the Passion Iconclass
School / Style Early Netherlandish AAT
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 174-175 (ill.))
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : De collectie (tentoonstelling vanaf 21 maart 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2021
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand : La Collection (exposition dès le 21 mars 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gand : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, 2021
Museum of Fine Arts Ghent : The Collection (exhibition opened on March 21th 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Ghent : Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, 2021
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