“Pieta” was written by Svetoslav Roerich in the year of the death of his brother Yuri Nikolayevich. The biblical theme – the mourning of Christ – served as a means for revealing the deep spiritual experiences of the artist himself; the picture is addressed to all who can sympathize with the grief of loss. About the universal grief narrates the picture “Pieta”.
Svetoslav Roerich introduces a second female figure into the picture, and gives his interpretation the following explanation: “This is a human theme. A hero who sacrifices his life for others. Next to him are
A heroic feat is not the lot of singles. Many people are always involved in the heroic deed. And if this act ends with someone’s death, then it is also experienced by many. Therefore, there is no hopeless grief in sacrifice, and the pink ray that penetrates the darkness in the picture is a ray of hope, a guarantee of victory for those who raise people for feats and who go on them. “The artist’s father wrote:” War is hard, but even worse is post-war recovery.
When the foundations of culture are endangered, when the body and spirit of a person are anxious and suffer from bloody wounds, then some peaceful miraculous power rises above all, the purpose of which is to heal a person weary with discord and madness ‚and lead him to the mind of the heart with gentle touches of spirituality. This power is the Eternal Feminine Beginning. When the house is difficult, we turn to a woman who herself was baptized in the fire of suffering.
When the world is hard, we turn to a woman whose heart hurts from the wounds inflicted on culture and spirit. “Tagore said:” I will pray not to be safe from the dangers, but to be fearless in a collision with them. I will not pray for soothing the pain, but for the heart to conquer it. “