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La Pieta, Vatican City

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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. Add La Pieta and other attractions to your Vatican City trip itinerary using our Vatican City trip builder.
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  • Another great work of Miguel Angel, her piety is in the place perfect, by what means to the Christianity. A penalty that there is that appreciate it from a distance and through a glass.
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  • Other than its religious importance in its history and Romans, Italians and scholars alike I wouldn't actually seek it out other than if u like more marble. Luckily it's easily accessible as part of y...  more »
  • It is definitely embarrassing review the Pietà of Michelangelo Buonarroti that was sculpted by artist around 1500 aged about 24 years! The opera tunes with you automatically and alone; Mary's face looks almost relaxed and resigned and the translucent body of the dying Christ reveals human despair. Just seeing the work you realize the greatness of the artist. Not to be missed.-
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