This panel shows the Madonna as she witnesses the crucifixion of her son Jesus. It was prophesied that the suffering and death of Christ would also bring Seven Sorrows to His mother; when Mary and Joseph presented the infant Jesus in the temple, Simeon told Mary that "this child is destined to be a sign which men reject; and you too shall be pierced to the heart." (Luke 2: 34-35.) Here, Mary is shown half-lenght, har hands clasped, her gaze turned downward. Her anguished expression conveys unbereable pain; her Son is dying, but she is helpless to intervene.
Close to Niccolo di Pietro Gerini (Suida, Fiocio, Berenson), pupil of Lorenzo Gerini (A. Venturi)
Sarah Allen and Julia Patzelt, Beyond Appearance: Constructing Likeness (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2003), 17-18 (illustrated/ color).
Gift of the Kress Collection, 1961.
A box of Xrays of the Kress Collection is on Shelf G in the Vault (6/5/2018).
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