Our Lady of Pity from Sainte Marie des Anges, known as Pietà des Récollets(Pietà of the Recollects)
The Virgin and Child is flanked by Saint John and Mary Magdalene, accompanying her after the Crucifixion of Christ, when he is taken down from the cross and laid, dead on her lap. This theme is not recounted in the Gospels. We owe this episode to the piety of German nuns living in Dominican convents.It is derived from the iconography of the Maestàand the Lamentation of Dead Christ from the Byzantine tradition. The earliest known example of Our Lady of Pity is a commission from the Duke of Burgundy in 1388, it is therefore a genuine creation of the end of the Middle Ages.
After a sumptuous renovation, our four figures, in a pyramidal composition have been restored to their bright, lustrous colours. The holy figures have also retrieved the blue tears they are shedding on the body of Christ, himself covered in bloody wounds.This tremendously moving piece should be considered along with the many high quality sculptures kept still today in the towns and villages of the Tarn and the Aveyron (areas near Toulouse).