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19"H x 17" W x 9"D Lost Wax Bronze Sculpture.
Sculpted from 1498-1500, establishing Michelangelo instantly as the greatest sculptor of his time. At the age of twenty-three, Michelangelo was commissioned by French Cardinal Jean de Bilheres to create the Pietà for St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican as a tomb monument. He traveled to the marble quarries at Cararra in central Italy to select the block from which to make this large work. The choice of the stone was important because he envisioned the statue as already existing within the marble, needing only to be "set free" from it.
The word Pieta means pity from the Greek word for "compassion" or "pity" and refers not, as often presumed, to this specific work (Michelangelo actually did two other Pietas later in life). The theme of Mary cradling the body of Christ in her lap was all but unknown in Italy before Michelangelo made it famous in this statue. Michelangelo rendered the theme in a way never before attempted or accomplished.
Authorized, reduced size, limited edition bronze casting of Michelangelo's famous sculpture.