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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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  • Entering the Basilica of St. Peter's, the Pieta, Michelangelo's masterpiece, is on your right, behind a protective glass barrier.Created when Michelangelo was 23 years old, it is considered his finest...  more »
  • A beautiful beeldhouwerk by Michelangelo, worth to specifically. The amount of art in the St. Peter is very big and overwhelming, but La Pieta you would actually have to see.
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  • I knew that vandalism which had occurred mandated protection, so the work is not as accessible as when I visited many years ago. That said, the work is still inspiring and a must-see.