Religion in Rome, Michelangelo’s Pietà

Dome of St. Peter's
Dome of St. Peter’s
Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter's Square)
Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter’s Square)
Vatican Museum, Rome
Vatican Museum, Rome

The Vatican Museum was one of my favorite places to tour! I’ll definitely share some of my favorite sights in a later post, but in honor of Easter weekend I wanted to show you Michelangelo’s Pietà.

Michelangelo carved this beautiful Renaissance Carrara marble sculpture in less than two years, from 1498-1499. Our museum guide said that after Michelangelo heard people attribute the sculpture to another artist, believing Michelangelo too young to complete such a masterpiece, he decided to “sign” his name on the sculpture so no one would ever doubt that HE was the artist. He carved his name of the sash running across Mary’s chest. This is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed.

I was amazed by how fabric, muscles, veins and expression could be rendered lifelike in stone.

Have you seen this sculpture? What did you think?

Happy Holidays, hon!

Michelangelo’s Pieta (professional photo source below*)–Mary and Jesus after the Crucifixion.
Michelangelo's Pieta
Michelangelo’s Pieta (There was a big crowd around this statue.)


*Sources: Photo attributed to Stanislav Traykov and Wikipedia


5 thoughts on “Religion in Rome, Michelangelo’s Pietà

  1. I pictures are absolutely beautiful. My daughter visited Rome in the fall and said she would definitely go back and spend more time there. Hopefully, I’ll get to go with her next time. I really enjoyed seeing all the pictures from your trip.


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