You are creating a kiosk, which will run a slide show of famous works of sculpture. You are gathering your thoughts to include for the slide show narration. Two of the works you are including in the display are Pietás. Compare Michelangelo's Pieta, to the German Pieta, commonly known as the Rottgen Pietta.
In your opinion, what is the artist trying to convey in each of these two very different interpretations? For example, you might compare and contrast the approaches used by each of these two artists, the symbolism, the materials used, the pose, and the facial expressions. What bearing do you think the different centuries had upon the two very different approaches? The German Pieta is from the Late Gothic period. Michelangelo was an Italian Renaissance artist. How do differing regional influences and differing time periods affect the artworks produced?
The Rottgen Pieta is typical of German expressionism - a style employed by German sculptors and painters that emphasized expressive lines, strange proportions, and exaggerated spatial relationships. It was a style emphasized by German mysticism, and the style valued the emotional impact and subjective /personal connection with God over accuracy. It was believed that one could use their feelings to unite themselves personally with God. This is the idea behind the Rottgen Pieta. The desire for personal communion with God led artists to represent figures with strong emotions. Here, in this work is a suffering Christ and a very sorrowful Virgin Mary. The grotesque nature of the dead Christ, in his rigor mortis state, is meant to hold the viewer's attention so that they may actual "feel" the suffering of Christ. His body is emaciated, his wounds leak rigid ...
Comparison of Michelangelo's Pieta, to the German Pieta, commonly known as the Rottgen Pietta.