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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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  • This is a work of art just perfect! Michelangelo recognized by completing a work superior, so much so that it seems she screamed: why don't you speak! Beyond the religious significance (expressed in full) is a work of inestimable perfection and harmony, studied and appreciated even by those who don't check out with the religious part! Stop staring at her is a pleasure but also quite impressive.
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  • One of the masterpieces of Michelangelo. Impossible not to move with this wonderful sculpture. It's worth it!
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  • Beautiful statue. In order to see this statue, you have to enter St Peter Basilica as the statue is inside the Basilica. Don't miss it if you are going inside St Peter basilica.