The head of the school of painting of Umbria and the teacher of Rafael Pietro Perugino created paintings in which, for example, in the presented one, there is a special silence. The word “Pieta”, which in Italian means “compassion, pity,” in painting and sculpture call the scene of the mourning for the Virgin Mary of the dead Christ, who lies in her lap.
The picture is dominated by two mutually balanced compositional lines – the Savior’s elongated body and the semicircular arches, which echoes the shape of Mary with its outlines. The arch, the symbol of the heavenly vault and world harmony, already brings into its composition a feeling that emphasizes that the sacrifice of Christ was not in vain.
On His face – peace, of Our Lady – deep longing, which does not find a way out, and on the faces of John the Evangelist and the saint behind him – an expression that can be defined with the classic line “my sorrow is bright”. Sadness and with it hope are felt both in the spring landscape in the distance, and in the golden air that envelops everything depicted.