Pieta

Primary Creator
Sculptor Michelangelo Buonarotti
Contributor(s)
Properties
Era1500s
Height69 inches
StyleRenaissance
Width77 inches
Name of WorkPieta
Production Date1500
Production LocationRome, Italy
Current LocationRome, Italy
Media Typesmarble
General Notes

Probably was started in 1498 but finished about 1500. Was commissioned by a French Cardinal for his own funerary monument, but eventually was placed in St. Peter's at the Vatican.

Description

Portrays Mary holding the dead Jesus after his crucifixion. Highly realistic, highly finished work of marble sculpture on a monumental scale. It is life size, but seems greater in some respects, since Mary appears bigger than her adult male son. Exhibits the classical beauty and naturalism that was an ideal of the Renaissance that Michelangelo was so instrumental in developing.

Theme

Resignation and sorrow for a great personal loss.

Emotional Sum or Sense-of-life

Life is acceptance of pain. Resignation in the face of tragedy.

Context Information

Located in the first chapel at the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica.

Tags

Jesus, religion, Virgin Mary

Scale

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