Artwork of the Season – The Pietà from Bílsko

10 April 2019 - 15 September 2019

Artwork of the Season – The Pietà from Bílsko / Dílo sezóny – Pieta z Bílska

Place Prague, Klášter sv. Anežky České / Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia, U Milosrdných 17, CZECH REPUBLIC
Organizer National Gallery in Prague
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The Pietà from Bílsko remains virtually unknown in the professional literature. Older artwork inventories from the Strakonice region describe it as a Baroque work installed in a niche of the Baroque altarpiece in the Church of St James, Son of Zebedee, in Bílsko. The entries in the parish memorial book corroborate the practise of reverence to the local Lady of Sorrows and the frequent repairs made to the sculpture, which was damaged by woodworm. By the end of the 20th century, the carving was dilapidated and only the top layer of polychromy held together some parts of the pulverised, woodworm-eaten wood.