Breathtaking...The Pietà (1498–1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. It is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed (See History after completion). This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. Michelangelo's interpretation of the Pietà is unique to the precedents... Michelangelo Pietà, Michelangelo Art, Mothers Mary, Michelangelo Pieta, Pieta Michelangelo, Michelangelo Sculpture, Renaissance Art, Masterpiece Art, Michelangelo Buonarroti
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Pieta, Michelangelo. So lovely. On May 21, 1972, a mentally disturbed man walked into the chapel and attacked the sculpture with a geologist's hammer while shouting "I am Jesus Christ." Onlookers took many of the pieces of marble that flew off. Later, some pieces were returned, but many were not, including Mary's nose, which had to be reconstructed from a block cut out of her back.
Michelangelo, La Pieta _ I want to see this in person!! I love love LOVE this sculpture!!! I have a small replica at home....
Slave by Michelangelo. 1513-1516 Paris, Louvre. Did you know: The slave's left wrist is strapped to the back of the neck, and there is a band around his chest. A monkey, only partially carved, grasps his left shin, representing either art as mere "aping" (mimesis) or suggesting earthly passions. The artist and work were influenced by the late BC Rhodian sculpture Laocoön and His Sons.
Ponte Sant'Angelo, Rome | ~ Michelangelo : "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
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