“God bent down over us”
"To proclaim Christ means demonstrating that believing in Him and following Him is not only something right and just, but also beautiful. The Heart of the Gospel is the beauty of God’s salvific love manifested in Jesus Christ, crucified and risen.” Inspired by these words of Pope Francis, the collaboration between the Vatican Museums and Vatican News continues as we present various masterpieces from the Pontifical collection accompanied by the words of the Popes.
Lucas Cranach the Elder, Pietà, oil on wood, ca. 1540, Pinacoteca Vaticana, © Musei Vaticani
In front of a black background, Christ is portrayed seated on the edge of a tomb in the middle of the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist. He looks into the eyes of the observer, displaying the wounds in His side and on His hands, as well as the gnarled crown of thorns wrapped around His head.
(Pope Benedict XVI – Way of the Cross in the Colesseum – 22 April 2011)
Under the direction of Paolo Ondarza
31 March 2023, 08:00