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The Pieta by Charles Le Brun was painted in the years 1643-45. The air of sadness in the scene derives not so much from the emotions shown on the face, as Mary here seems to be preoccupied with swathing the body of Jesus in a shroud and appears absent. The weight of the Virgin Mary’s despair is highlighted by the dark colors around the figures and the black clouds in the sky. We can spot the word ΙΗΣΟΥΖΟ, which means ‘Jesus’, on the mysterious scroll under the crown of thorns. The scroll may be the death sentence pronounced on Jesus. [The Louvre]
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