”Made by Michelangelo”
Afterwards, Michelangelo regretted his outburst and vowed to never sign another piece of his work again.Praises also came with criticism towards Michelangelo for depicting an exaggeratedly youthful Mary, appearing younger than the son she gracefully holds in her arms. Michelangelo’s reply was, according to Michelangelo’s biographer Ascanio Condivi, “Don’t you know that chaste women remain far fresher than those who are not chaste? So much more the Virgin, in whom never has the least lascivious desire ever arisen that might alter her body….” Other sources suggest Mary honors Michelangelo’s youthful mother who died when he was just 5 years old.
Georgio Vasari, 16th century Italian biographer said of the Pieta: “No sculptor or supreme artist could ever consider it possible to add with design or grace nor with effort improve the elegance, linearity and sculpt the marble with such artistic talent.” Michelangelo’s talent and work has become so well recognized world wide that his signature has never been necessary after that.You can see the Pieta in St Peter’s Basilica, behind the glass inside the Pieta Chapel. It was placed in this chapel in 1749. The Pieta chapel is the most visited place in the basilica.
You may learn more about Michelangelo and the Pieta on our Rome in A Day Tour, offered as a chauffeured Day Tour and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia: http://www.romecabs.com/cruise.html
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