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La Pieta, Vatican City

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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  • This was the first work I saw when I entered St. Peter’s basilica. It took my breath away. I just can’t get over the art and work of Michaelangelo. amazing.  more »
  • It’s hard to imagine how young Michelangelo was when he completed the Pieta. It is delicate and beautiful and Mary looks human and young. Centuries later the marble still seems alive with emotion. It ...  more »
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