a representation in painting, sculpture, etc. of Mary, the mother, grieving over the body of Jesus after the Crucifixion
Origin of PietàIt, literally , pity from Classical Latin pietas, piety
An image or figure of the Virgin Mary holding and mourning over the dead body of Jesus.
Origin of pietaItalian pity, pietà from Latin pietās ; see piety .
1505 oil on wood painting by Giovanni Bellini