The Pietà (1498–1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. The theme is of Northern origin, popular by that time in France but not yet in Italy. The statue is one of the most highly finished works by Michelangelo.
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Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917). The Dance Class, 1874. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham, 1986 (1987.47.1) #dance #Degas | When this work and its variant in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, were painted in the mid-1870s, they constituted Degas's most ambitious figural compositions except for history paintings.