Giovanni Bellini ca. 1430 – 1516

Pietà (Milan)

tempera on panel (86 × 107 cm) — c. 1468 Museum Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

Giovanni Bellini biography

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A moving pieta by Bellini. Christ's head rests against Mary's face. She holds his right hand. John looks away, while supporting the pale body.

Christ's left hand rests on a marble parapet with the text HAEC FERE QUUM GEMITUS TURGENTIA LUMINA PROMANT / BELLINI POTERAT FLERE IONNIS OPUS, meaning something like: "When these suffering eyes wrench groans from you, Bellini's picture weeps itself."

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