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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La Pieta Reviews
une merveille de finesse. Une oeuvre majeure de Michel-Ange et incontournable. C'est d'une beauté inégalée. more »a marvel of finesse. A major work by Michelangelo and a must-see. It's unrivalled beauty.
Beleza, história, religião , paixão. Fica-se extasiado ao olhar essa beleza La Pieta é impar , não existe nada igual no mundo more »Beauty, history, religion, passion. It gets ecstatic to look at this beauty La Pieta is odd , there is nothing like it in the world
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