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Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'A "Pieta"'; Pietà 1857

Albumen print | 20.6 x 17.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2081437

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Photograph of the painting 'Pietà', part of an altarpiece by Carlo Crivelli (d.1495). The deceased Christ is located at the centre of the work. The Virgin Mary, on the left, holds the body of Christ and weeps. Christ is being lowered into a coffin by two saints who show obvious signs of grief.

At the time of the photograph, the painting was in the collection of William Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley (1817-85). The work is now held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Part of the original altarpiece, 'The Demidoff Altarpiece', is held by the National Gallery, London.

  • Creator(s)

    Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67) (photographer)

    After Carlo Crivelli (d. 1495) (artist)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 20.6 x 17.6 cm (image)

    54.5 x 35.3 cm (page dimensions)

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Angels, demons, devils, saints
            • Saints (Christianity)
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Pietá