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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE PIETA.


Q. 1. What can you tell me about the Pieta?

A. 1. The term “Pietà” refers to any image of Mary holding Christ’s dead body. The Pietà (1498–1499) is a work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. It is the first of a number of works of the same theme by the artist. The statue was commissioned for the French Cardinal Jean de Bilhères, who was a representative in Rome. The sculpture, in Carrara marble, was made for the cardinal's funeral monument, but was moved to its current location, the first chapel on the right as one enters the basilica, in the 18th century. It is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed.

This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. The theme is of Northern origin, popular by that time in France but not yet in Italy. Michelangelo's interpretation of the Pietà is unprecedented in Italian sculpture. It is an important work as it balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism.

You can see a picture of the pieta here

Many shall never be able to travel to Vatican City to see this beautiful life size carving in marble. But they can see an exact replica in North America, Canada. It is found in Saint Ann Shrine, at St. Anne de Beaupré, 26 miles East of the City of Quebec in the Province of Quebec.

Click here to see a photo of this Pieta.



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