- The painting, which is signed and dated 1924, was quite a late work, and it was executed by Pisani at the request of his wife. One assumes that the artists lifetime companion would be more understanding, freeing the artist from impositions and pre-conceived ideas, which normally one associates with a commission.
- The dead figure of Christ is seen in contrapposto as his weight presses against the Virgins lap. The serpentine movement of Christs body is contained within a triangular composition, whose apex is formed by the sorrowful countenance of the Madonna, who lovingly holds her Sons hand as she gazes in sorrow at the wound inflicted by the nail of the crucifixion. A large block of stone, with the crown of thorns on the left foreground acts as a repoussoir, leading the eye to the figure of Christ, and counterbalances the diagonal movement of the dead body of Christ. The painting is classical in conception.
- Inscription: The canvas strecher carries the inscription L. Pisani Strada S Paolo 194 Valletta, Malta.
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- : 162 x 104 cm
- Neo- Classical [Create]
- 1924 [Create]
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