Artists as genius emerges
Patronage shifting from guilds to wealthy citizens to church
Growing interest of antiquity
Idealized images of the male and female, often nudes
Human figure sculpted in the round.
Symbolic (lion skin – symbol of death, bunch of grapes – symbol of life, small figure is a satyr, Bacchus is the essence of unregenerate soul trapped in
There is none of the elegant classicism of the St. Peter’s Pieta
The virgin is overcome by grief, without the strength to support the body of her son. Represents Nicodemus.