Dead Christ with the Mother of God and Mary Magdalene (Pieta) by Agnolo Bronzino

Dead Christ with the Mother of God and Mary Magdalene (Pieta) by Agnolo Bronzino

In his early work, Bronzino interprets the theme of Christ’s death not as boldly as he did afterwards. The faces of Marci Magdalene and the Mother of God are not “graceful-sad”, as, for example, in “Removing from the Cross,” but full of true sorrow.

Between the ribs of Jesus there is a wound from the spear of a Roman soldier, depicted very realistically. Yes, and the very position in which Bronzino wrote the body of the Savior is the posture of a person who died after terrible tortures. Such an image of the dead Christ was more in keeping with the pictorial tradition that developed by the beginning of the 16th century.

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