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Michelangelo's Pieta

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Lydia Kirsch

on 12 February 2013

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Michelangelo's Pieta Lydia Kirsch & Koree Holme Michelangelo Italian Renaissance St. Peter's Basilica Theological Themes
& Content Works Cited: Significance: Michelangelo Buonarroti
From Florence, Italy
He was 24 when he created the Pieta ("pity" in Italian)
This is the first large scale work by Michelangelo
The sculpture was carved from a single block of Carrara marble
The only piece he ever signed was the Pieta Biblical Relation: Vatican City Behind Bulletproof Glass because someone attacked the statue with a hammer, causing a lot of damage, in 1972 ("St Peter's"). *all images taken from google images Jesus being taken down from the cross after His Crucifixion and death
Mary's suffering and agony at her son's death The Pieta balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism "St Peter's - Chapel of the Pieta." St. Peter's Basilica. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2013. <http://saintpetersbasilica.org/Altars/Pieta/Pieta.htm>. Online School Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2013. Web. 1 Feb. 2013.
<http://school.eb.com/eb/article-9059976>. "Pietà." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica "Italian Renaissance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Renaissance>. Earliest of the European Renaissance movements 14th-16th Centuries Time of cultural change and achievement "Renaissance" means "rebirth" in French ("Rinascimento" in Italian) Centered in Florence, where the Medici Family held power and commissioned many pieces of art and sculpture to be created Artists focused on accurately portraying the human body, as well as experimented with light and dark in order to create more natural works of art Michelangelo depicted Mary as a young women
Mary is often illustrated as an older women with a broken heart
The sculpture is made completely of very expensive marble (Carrara)
It was originally intended to be used on a cardinal's tomb, but Cardinal Bilheres had died by the time Michelangelo finished the Pieta There is no literary evidence for the piece, but it conveys the theme of lamentation over Christ's dead body
This was a popular theme of the Renaissance because many people were concerned with the emotions of Christ and the Virgin Mary
There is, however, textual support of Mary's presence at Christ's death (Matthew 27:55-56) ("St. Peter's") ("Italian Renaissance") ("Pieta") ("St. Peter's") ("Pieta") A Period
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