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“Michelangelo perfectly illustrates the Renaissance ideals of beauty and realism in this amazing Pieta. You can see both the physical and emotional weight on Mary as she holds her
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“This is Michelangelo's greatest work, in terms of sculpture, for me. The look of loving despair on Mary's face and the posture of the dead Christ in her arms is heartbreaking.
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Wikipedia page for Pietà

La Pietà (1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by the renowned artist Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. It is the first of a number of works of the same theme by the artist. The statue was commissioned for the French cardinal Jean de Billheres, who was a representative in Rome. The statue was made for the cardinal's funeral monument, but was moved to its current location, the first chapel on the right as one enters the basilica, in the 18th century.

This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. The theme is of Northern origin, popular by that time in France but not yet in Italy. Michelangelo's interpretation of the Pietà is unique to the precedents. It is an important work as it balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism. The statue is one of the most highly finished works by Michelangelo.

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Type: Marble
Style: Renaissance
Medium: Sculpture
Year Created: 1499
Artist: Michelangelo
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