The Pious Women

This small chapel, restored and renovated several times between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, houses the scene described in the Gospel of Luke (23, 27-31), in which Jesus, chained and dragged by a jailer – with a singularly ugly face – turns back to console the Pious Women of Jerusalem, who follow him in tears.

Despite the fact that they no longer have arms, the male statues are still powerfully expressive, while the varied poses of the heads and hands of the Pious Women add liveliness to the composition. In the background, the fresco, which is now almost completely lost, depicts a number of figures in Renaissance clothing, looking out of the windows of a house, as if they are watching what is happening on the street below. Although the fresco is very worn, at the top, in the centre, it is still possible to make out a man playing intently with a monkey.

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