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Christ from the Pieta

by Michelangelo

Size: 22"T x 12"W x 16"D
Medium: Cast Marble

In the face of the Savior, Michelangelo’s Pieta reveals only slight traces of the suffering endured. The expression is peaceful, relaxed and with lingering agony. But in the body of Christ, highly polished to absolute anatomical perfection, the artist achieved his greatest sculptural triumph.The lamentation of Christ was a theme popular in Northern European art since the 14th century, but Michelangelo’s interpretation of Mary holding a dead Christ in her arms is remarkable in its faithfulness to the Renaissance Humanist ideals of physical perfection and beauty.