Pieta

“YOUR HEART SHALL LIVE FOR EVER”

PSALM XXII

 

ANDERSON DEVEREAUX DIETER

BALTIMORE MD APRIL 18, 1824 – NEW YORK MARCH 25, 1878

EMMA GRANT HUBBARD DIETER

MONTPELIER APRIL 17, 1825 – MONTPELIER OCTOBER 30, 1896

CHESTER HUBBARD

WINTONBURY, CONN. AUG 6, 1788 – MONTPELIER AUGUST 27, 1832

JULIET GRANVILLE JEWETT HUBBARD CLARKE

LEBANON, NH AUGUST 21, 1794 – MONTPELIER JUNE 1, 1881

TIMOTHY JEWETT HUBBARD

MONTPELIER AUGUST 6, 1823 – MONTPELIER NOVEMBER 7, 1880

RUTH JEWETT HUBBARD

MONTPELIER DECEMBER 12, 1827 – MONTPELIER FEBRUARY 28, 1844

ELEIZABETH SPALDING JEWETT SHAFTER

LEBANON, NH JANUARY 14, 1798 – MONTPELIER JULY 2, 1897

The Hubbard family monument in the Green Mount Cemetery at Montpelier, Vermont, features a bronze sculpture of the Virgin Mary cradling the head of Jesus Christ on top of a highly-polished red granite monument.  Sculptures depicting Marry with the dead body of Jesus are known as a pieta statue. This sculpture on the Hubbard Family Monument was created by French artist J. Perrin in 1908 and cast at the R. Barbedienne Foundry at Paris.

Works of art, usually sculptures, depicting this subject have a long history in Christian art.  The first of these images began to appear in Germany in the 1300s and are referred to as “vesperbild” in German.

Images of Mary and the dead body of Jesus began to appear in Italy in the 1400s.  The most famous of these sculptures is Michelangelo’s pieta which he sculpted for St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, carved when he was only 24 years old.

Pieta is Italian for “pity.”

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