Most of the great art of the European Middle Ages was devoted to religion. As was much of Europe’s finest art for centuries thereafter.
Toward the middle of the 15th century the great Sienese painter Giovanni di Paolo captured Christ in the Decent from the Cross with a spiritual intensity matched only by Christ’s Resurrection, as captured in a bronze three centuries later by the famous Roman artist of the Baroque period, Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Both works are small but immensely powerful. And they are only a feet apart, in the master paintings galleries at the Walters.
If you had a choice – which of course you do not – which one would you prefer to own?