Pietà (1837) by Eugene Delacroix

Pietà - Eugene Delacroix - 1837

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ArtistEugene Delacroix
Art MovementRomanticism

About Pietà

Eugene Delacroix’s “Pietà,” painted in 1837, is an oil on canvas artwork that falls within the Romanticism movement, a genre known for its emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as nature. As a religious painting, it portrays a theme common to the period, reflecting the spiritual and emotional intensity typical of the era.

The painting depicts a poignant scene focused on the biblical moment of the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion, a scene which has been a powerful subject in Christian art. In terms of composition, the figures are arranged dramatically with the lifeless body of Christ at the center, and they are enveloped in a landscape that seems to echo the sorrow of the moment. The color palette of Delacroix’s “Pietà” is somber with deep, rich tones that convey a sense of mourning and devastation. The brushwork is loose and expressive, capturing the raw emotion and intensity characteristic of Delacroix’s approach to painting, and contributing to the overall feeling of turbulence and passion that are hallmarks of the Romantic style.

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