Probably the most photographed and famous thing inside St. Peter's Basilic is the Pietà by Michelangelo.
The Pieta, which depicts the Virgin Mary holding the body of her son Jesus Christ after his death, has been created in many different forms by various painters and sculptors. Of all the great paintings and sculptures on the Pieta, however, the one by Michelangelo stands out from all the rest.
Prior to sculpting the Pieta, Michelangelo was relatively unknown to the world as an artist. He was only in his early twenties when he was commissioned in 1498 to do a life-size sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding her son in her arms. It would be the first of four that he would create and the only one he completely finished. It was to be unveiled in St. Peter's Basilica for the Jubilee of 1500.
In less than two years Michelangelo carved from a single slab of marble, one of the most magnificent sculptures ever created. His interpretation of the Pieta was far different than ones previously created by other artists. Michelangelo decided to create a youthful, serene and celestial Virgin Mary instead of a broken hearted and somewhat older woman.
And he created the most beautiful and touching sculpture I have ever seen!
This beautiful and delicate sculpture of Mary holding her slain son is very moving. Michelangelo chose to create Mary as a younger woman, perhaps the age she was when she gave birth to Jesus. Yet her shoulders are broad and her body seems large, as though she is strong enough to carry the tremendous responsiblilty of motherhood and the great sadness of the loss of her son. The lifeless body of Jesus is frail and small by comparison.
These two figures were carved from one piece of
marble and they are perfection..
This is the famous and most beautiful sculpture ever - Michelangelo's Pieta - sculpted between 1498 and 1499. I'm happy to take a good picture of the Pieta though behind a thick plexiglas for vandalism reasons (it is known that it withstand at least two attack, one of which damaged heavily the nose of the mother). The Pieta is in San Pietro Basilica, in the first chapel of the right nave.
No single work or art has ever affected me as much as Michaelangelo's Pieta. To me it is amazing that from a piece of stone, this story of pain and sadness can be chiseled.
Michaelangelo was only 24 when he completed the Pieta. It's rumored that when it was displayed, he surreptitiously watched as viewers commented and wondered who it was who had done this amazing work. It was only then that he snuck back in at night and chiseled his signature across the Virgin's sash; "Michaelangelo Buonaroti".
The Pieta is found immedietely upon entering St. Peter's. It's now behind glass, following the act of a madman in the '70's attempting to deface the sculpture.
located to the right when you enter st. peter's is michelangelo's famous scuplture "the pieta". this sculpture of mary and the dead jesus was finished in 1499. a deranged person damaged the statue in 1972 and since then it is protected by a glass wall. admission to the main church of st. peter's is free.
Michelangelo's Pieta is probably one of the best known works of sculpture in the world and it is certainly one of the most moving. With her son's body across her lap, you can see both the pride and pain in Mary's face. If memory serves me (it seldom does) there was an attack on this great work and it is now only seen behind a clear shield. What a shame, but I am sure it can still be well viewed and appreciated.
Michelangelo did this when he was only 24 years of age. What a genius!
A visit to the square and the basilica should be one of your priorities. If you want your pictures to be "free" from other tourists, go there at 8 AM. By 9 AM, busloads of tourists will start pouring in and the square will not be as "empty" as you would prefer it to be. And please don't be like me when you're in the Basilica. I missed the famous pieta by Michaelangelo. All the while I was thinking it was in the Vatican Museum. Nope! It's in the basilica. Don't miss it.
very magnificient, see Michelangelo's Pieta on the right side as you enter St.Peter's. Climb up to the top of the church to get a breathtaking view of Rome. You can either walk or take the elevator for two stories, but everyone must take the stairs to the very top. The elders be advised. The climb is very exhausting, but it is worth it.
This is probably Michelangelo's most famous work of art. He was only 24 when he did this statue of Christ taken down from the cross lying across his mother's lap. He made Mary young. She accepts God's will even if it means giving up her son.
The statue is in the first chapel in the cathedral behind bullet-proof glass and you can't get near it. In 1972 a madman with a hammer began hacking away at it and damaged it but it has been repaired. I understand the need to protect the statue but it's not as impressive back behind the glass. There is a nice replica of it near the gift shop in the Vatican Museum that you can get close to. I took a photo of that copy.(shown here)
The Pieta in St Peter's was the first of 4 created by Michaelagelo. This one was created when he was 22 and the only one he finished. It was finished around 1500 and is one of the most famous pieces of art in St Peter. Michaelangelo portrays a much younger Virgin Mary then many other interpretations of this scene. It was put behind glass after some idiot damaged it with a hammer.
This must have been some kind of famous statue, because were a lot of people standing around it and taking pictures.
Just kidding - of course we all know it is the Pieta, created by Michaelangelo in 1500.
For the first time i saw this famous sculpture of the Madonna in Rome
The second time - a copy in Havana's Necropolis Colon - Habana's monumental Columbos cementary is one of the largest in the world.
The Pieta was one of Michelangelos earliest achievements, which he completed at the age of 25. On entering St. Peters it is on the right hand side. It is the only work which Michelangelo signed. His signature is on the sash across the front of Our Lady.
It is now protected by bullet-proof glass after being attacked in 1972 by a man with a hammer.
A trip to Rome would not be complete without seeing one of the infamous 'Pieta's. This one is housed in St Peter's Cathedral and, unfortunately, is now behind glass. It is still worth it to see it in person!
The sculpture to the right of the grand entry way of the Basilica di San Pietro deserves its own tip. The sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary holding the body of Christ after His death. It was sculpted by the great Michaelangelo when he was but a young artist. Yet, it demonstrates his great artistry even at such a young age. In fact, Michaelangelo was a barely known artist until he sculpted Pieta. In 1498, he was commissioned to sculpt this amazing piece. It was unveiled during Jubilee 1500. When it was revealed, many thought it to have been sculpted by other artists of the time. In his anger, he carved his name into the sash. Afterwards, he reflected on his rage and vowed never to sign another piece again!
When you cast your eyes on the sculpture, let it take your imagination into it as you watch the gentle folds of the fabric and the anguished forms of mother and son. Note also the youthful face of Mary. Others have depicted her as an older woman, however, Michaelangelo used his artistic liberties and depicted her as a young woman.