A masterpiece of Renaissance art and arguably one of the most moving sculptures ever created, Michelangelo’s La Pieta depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus Christ. This statue is the most notable work inside Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Michelangelo was only 24 when he carved this complex work of art from a single slab of marble. He chose to show the Virgin as a youthful woman in repose, rather than the older, grieving Mary of most other works on the same subject. Unique among Michelangelo’s sculptures, this is signed as his own, allegedly to prevent viewers from confusing his work with that of a competing sculptor. Legend has it that Michelangelo broke into the church after finishing his work and hurriedly chiseled his name into the sculpture before anyone noticed he was there. Make La Pieta a centerpiece of your Vatican City vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Vatican City trip planner.
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The Michaelangelo Pieta is a very touching sculpture, which depicts the virgin Mary holding the body of Jesus in her arms, after it was taking from the cross. Very emotional piece and is housed... more »
It is a sculptural work of the Italian Renaissance. the representation of the Virgin Mary's pain when holding in her arms the corpse of her son Jesus Christ after the descent from the cross. It is a..... more »
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