One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A picture or sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding the dead body of Christ on her lap or in her arms.
- ‘From the agony in the garden, where Gibson begins, to the pietà at the foot of the cross, Jesus does what he teaches.’
- ‘There's a warped pietà on the front of the mall, underneath which a grown-over inscription declares: ‘I Am the Resurrection.’’
- ‘In this tradition of Michelangelo, Milton, and Scorcese, Gibson has made his own pietà.’
- ‘Perfect as an allegory - the pietà, the sacrificial lamb - and yet so empathetically maternal, it gives warmth to the solemn poise of Bellini.’
Italian, from Latin pietas ‘dutifulness’.
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