ANGELO GABRIELLO PIÒ

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ANGELO GABRIELLO PIÒ
(Bologna, 1690 – 1796)

Lamentation over the Dead Christ with the Madonna and Mary Magdalene

terracotta
27x52x24 cm

Probably realized for a private collection, the terracotta is realized by the bolognese sculptor Angelo Gabriello Piò. After studying with Giuseppe Maria Mazza and Camillo Rusconi he was admitted at the Accademia Clementina in 1721. Angelo Gabriello Piò became a protagonist of the principal commissions in the city, especially in the field of the devotional statuary.

In our sculpture, the dead Christ and the Madonna are molded in the same classical way as the Pietà. As a counterweight to this scene Maria Magdalena is sculpted, fallen to her knees and isolated from the other characters, with the gaze turned upwards. The sculpture was originally polychrome, as demonstrated by traces of pigments wedged between the folds of the clothes.

A firmly comparison to identify the chronological position of this artwork is the Lamentation in golden terracotta located in the church of St. Isaia in Bologna and dated between 1730 and 1740. The sculptures were both realized for private devotion and reveal a great compositional elegance and high executive quality.