Pietà - Styles and Influences
Netherlands; end 15th c.
At the beginning of the 15th c. the practice of woodcarving was resuscitated in various parts of the Utrecht diocese and gradually began to escape the formality of Gothic expression and show, especially in compositions showing groups of people, a feeling for the pictorial.
Although this wooden Pietà retains a medieval composition it has certain elements of northern Renaissance especially seen in the treatment of the seat which suggests a stony region. It is also reminiscent of the work, yet slightly later, of the German sculptor Heinrich Douverman who at the beginning of the 16th c. was stylistically connected with late Gothic sculpture and was active in the Lower Rhine.