Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pieta, Michelangelo 

Said to be the masterpiece of Michelangelo, the Pieta is housed in St. Peter's Basicila in the Vatican.

While the bodies of Christ and Mary are out of proportion to accommodate the position that they are taking, the relationship of tenderness comes through clearly. Contrary to other versions of this same scene and posture, Mary is not depicted as an old woman. Here she is a youthful young woman, possibly attesting to her perpetual purity or her ever-Virgin status. Many compare her calm expression of love to what her original expression towards her newborn son would have appeared and it is the conversion of those two moments in this statue that give it its strength and its sorrow. 

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