Inspiration to write this icon was The Pieta by Michelangelo,
probably the world’s most famous sculpture of a religious object.
The twisted body of Christ is reminiscent of Michelangelo’s
This icon is giving us a highly spiritual and Christian view of human
suffering. Mother’s sorrow, which is concentrated on the moment of
the most intimate encounter. Virgin Mary holds Jesus’ lifeless body
on her lap, the Virgin’s face emanates sweetness, serenity and
a majestic acceptance of this immense sorrow, combined with her
faith in the Redeemer. It seems almost as if Jesus is about to reawaken
from a tranquil sleep and that after so much suffering and thorns,
the rose of resurrection is about to bloom.
As we contemplate the Pieta which conveys peace and tranquility,
we can feel that great sufferings of life and its pain can be mitigated.
The Pieta, which depicts the Virgin Mary holding the body of her son
Jesus Christ after his death, has been created in many different forms
by various painters and sculptors. Of all great paintings and sculptures
on the Pieta, however, the one by Michelangelo stands out from all
The icon by the hand of Janusz Charczuk.
Egg tempera on wood, priming on textaile, background 23 K gold leaf.
29.0 x 22.0 cm (11.5 x 8.5 in)