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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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  • Beautiful in the middle of the magnificent statues of the Basilica of St. Peter. Do, necessarily, but too bad, behind a wall of plexiglas!
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  • You can only see this at a distance due to the glass so it's a bit hard to appreciate. Still worth seeing of course if you're already in the Basilica.  more »
  • one of the important in the history of art. You can find it inside, protected by a glazing due to attempts to break some lunatic.
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