Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace) by Ernst Barlach

Lithograph, 1916.

Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace)

Art work details

Original Title :
Dona Nobis Pacem
Year of production :
Ernst Barlach
Medium :
Original print, Lithograph
Paper, Ink (printing)
Dimensions :
height: 34.5 cms; width: 28 cms
Credit Line :
Purchased from Mrs Margaret Fisher
Catalogue References:
Schult II, 82. Söhn 10618-1. Laur 33. Feilchenfeldt/Brandis Z4.18. Rifkind 87.
Associated Groups :
Berliner Secession
Lithograph, Barlach, World War I, Der Bildermann

Title page from Der Bildermann 1, No. 18 (1916), verso Weihnacht by August Gaul.

Give us Peace, (Dona Nobis Pacem), from the Agnus Dei in the Latin mass. 

Printed in the Christmas issue, a sorrowing Madonna ‘clothed with the sun’ floats high above the world and prays for peace.

In earlier devotional pictures the encircling swords represented the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Here the meaning is extended to represent the death and sacrifice incurred by the war and Mary’s sorrow is the sorrow of all grieving mothers. This image was used again in 1921 for a war memorial in Kiel.

Printed by Paul Cassirer.

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