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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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  • Can't say enough good things about the Pieta. Its so hard to believe that Michelangelo created this masterpiece at such a young age. It is behind glass and mobbed with tourists. Jockey for a good view...  more »
  • It is located in St. Peter's Basilica, it is not necessary to pay any extra ticket to see her ... is very besieged and is always with many tourists around ... but worth waiting for an opening to enjoy this wonder of marble ...
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  • I am a tour visit the Vatican. Mom and two while gaped. Just tears flowed Pietà.
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