The Pieta



Artist(s) Giovanni Lo Spagna (1450-1528)
Medium Oil on wood
Origin Umbria, Italy
c. 1525
Size 15.5 X 19 1/8
Donor Kress [K.1186]
December 9, 1961
Image Source GF



This small painting on wood was given by the Kress Collection to the Church. The Virgin Mary and St. John care for the seated Christ. Note the lush landscape in the background, indicating that the painting was made at the time of the Renaissance, probably in the Umbrian School. Lo Spagna was a student of Perugino (Pietro Vannucci, 1446-1523), and a contemporary of Raphael (1483-1520), one of the architects of the Vatican, who was also a student of Perugino. Perugino painted the altar at the Sistine Chapel at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome. When Michelangelo became the architect of St. Peter’s, in about 1547, Perugino’s altar was removed and an altar painting by Michelangelo (1475-1564) was installed in its place. The intricately carved wood wood frame [GF 051104; 108K] is unusual and similar to a frame located in the Louvre. [source: tour notes]

Pieta Framed