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Lesson 1 : Images and Ideas


Pieta

In his sculpture, Luis Jiménez wanted to express the sense of loss experienced by conquered native peoples. The word "Pieta" is Italian. It means pity, compassion, or sorrow.

The pieta image goes back thousands of years, for example to Greek sculptures depicting a soldier holding the body of a dead comrade. A very famous pieta was made 500 years ago by Michelangelo. A reproduction of Michelangelo's pieta, which shows the Virgin Mary mourning over the body of her son, is just visible at the bottom of a collection of images in Jiménez' drawing studio.


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