Pieta (c. 1498-99) by Michelangelo

Pieta - Michelangelo - 1499

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Artwork Information

Dimensions174 x 195 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationSt. Peter's Basilica, Vatican
Location Created Florence, Italy

About Pieta

The artwork entitled “Pieta” is a renowned marble sculpture created by the esteemed artist Michelangelo in 1499. It is situated in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and was originally sculpted in Florence, Italy. As an exemplary piece of the High Renaissance art movement, the sculpture measures approximately 174 x 195 cm. Manifesting as an iconic sculpture within the genre, the “Pieta” captivates viewers through its poignant representation of a sorrowful moment.

The artwork embodies the scene of the Virgin Mary holding the lifeless body of Jesus Christ on her lap after his crucifixion. Michelangelo’s mastery is evident in the intricate details, such as the complex folds of Mary’s garments and the serene, almost ethereal expression on her face, which contrasts with the palpable depiction of Christ’s physical perishing. The sublime execution of the human anatomy, particularly in the rendering of Christ’s body, is a testament to Michelangelo’s unparalleled skill in capturing the essence of the human form. The overall composition exudes a sense of profound grace and emotional depth, evoking empathy and reflection in its portrayal of ultimate sacrifice and maternal grief.

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