Art Appetizer: Michelangelo’s “La Pietà”

(Art Appetizer’s highlight an art piece from any time in history)

by Michelangelo

This week’s Art Appetizer highlights the “Pietà” by Michelangelo Buonarroti. The Renaissance is one of my favorite art periods to study and admire. Michelangelo is one of the most recognizable names today from this period. However, the Pietà may have flown under your radar. This piece is full of religious significance and is interesting to study regardless of your religion.

Here’s the 1-2-3 on “The Pietà” by Michelangelo (1499):

  1. “Pietà” means pity in Italian. This particular pieta shows a “Christian view of human suffering.” Traditionally, a pieta is created with the aged Virgin Mary holding the crucified Jesus in her lap with a grief-stricken, older face. However, Michelangelo chose to depict Mary a little differently. Look closely at her face and decide for yourself.
    from The Pieta
  2. The Pietà was created from only one slab of marble and is six feet long by five feet nine inches high.
  3. The statue has been “attacked” by a man with a hammer claiming to be Jesus Christ. Mary’s left arm was shattered and her nose, left eye, and veil were chipped.

This piece of history has also made it’s mark in video game culture…

 

 

[Thanks to CNET and St. Peter’s Basilica.org]

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