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La Pieta, Vatican City

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A masterpiece of Renaissance art and arguably one of the most moving sculptures ever created, Michelangelo’s La Pieta depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus Christ. This statue is the most notable work inside Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Michelangelo was only 24 when he carved this complex work of art from a single slab of marble. He chose to show the Virgin as a youthful woman in repose, rather than the older, grieving Mary of most other works on the same subject. Unique among Michelangelo’s sculptures, this is signed as his own, allegedly to prevent viewers from confusing his work with that of a competing sculptor. Legend has it that Michelangelo broke into the church after finishing his work and hurriedly chiseled his name into the sculpture before anyone noticed he was there. Make La Pieta a centerpiece of your Vatican City vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Vatican City trip planner.
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  • My favourite sculpture - beautiful and in a beautiful setting - worth a visit - to enjoy this and the rest of the basilica 
    My favourite sculpture - beautiful and in a beautiful setting - worth a visit - to enjoy this and the rest of the basilica  more »
  • There suddenly, this famous La Pieta, Michelangelo masterpiece stands in front for you... It is something special to experience with own eyes! A must see when in the basillica! 
    There suddenly, this famous La Pieta, Michelangelo masterpiece stands in front for you... It is something special to experience with own eyes! A must see when in the basillica!  more »
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  • Stunning sculptural beauty.you can literally feel the body gravitate down without any resistance.
  • This is the statue that made Michelangelo famous. After this work, he painted the Sistine Chapel, and created his other famous works. You can find it at the entrance to the basilica, under glass. It's breathtaking.

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