This Pieta painting, originally by William Bouguereau in 1875, was reproduced by Robert Puschautz as an altar piece. It depicts Mary cradling Jesus Christ's body, with tear-filled eyes. Her gaze prompts the viewer to reflect on His sacrifice. Mary sits on a stone slab reminiscent of an altar, while the simplified background of the cross beam and purple altar clothes allude to the liturgy of the mass.
This image of the Pieta was originally painted in 1875 by the French artist William Bouguereau. Robert was commissioned to hand paint a reproduction as an altar piece. In the painting Mary is depicted as cradling the body of her son, Jesus Christ. Her tear-filled eyes meet the gaze of the viewer. This challenges those present to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus Christ offered that first Good Friday and His sacrifice represented at every mass. Mary is seated on a stone slab, reminiscent of the altar. I chose to simplify the background of the original painting to show the beam of the cross and purple altar clothes swaying in the wind in order to bring to mind the liturgy of the mass.
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