The Pieta is an incredible work of art featuring the body of Jesus placed on the lap of the Virgin Mary after the saviour’s crucifixion. It has been regarded as one of the greatest works of the artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. It has been carved from a single slab of marble.
A white and blue stone named as Carrara marble has been used. This sculpture is currently placed in Vatican City, at St. Peter’s Basilica. It is the only work Michelangelo ever signed. The English translation of The Pieta is “The Pity”
Quick Facts: –
- It took Michelangelo only 2 years to complete this sculpture. The work was started in 1498 AD and completed in 1499 AD.
- This masterpiece was loaned to the United States in 1964 and displayed at the New York World’s Fair.
- The sculpture has been criticized for Michelangelo’s depiction of Mary as he made her look too youthful.
- It became famous right after it was carved and other artists started looking at it because of its greatness.
- In 1972, a mentally disturbed man attacked the statue with a hammer doing severe damage.
- With 12 blows, he knocked off Mary’s left arm, snapped off the tip of her nose, and damaged her cheek and left eye.
- After this, the man was admitted to a mental hospital for two years. After his release, he was deported.
- The restoration of the sculpture took approximately ten months.