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Pieta by Michael Angelo

Italy - Rome - Vatican - Interior - Pieta by Michael Angelo in St. Peter's Church
  • (7)  "Pieta," by Michael Angelo, St. Peter's Church - the most celebrated
                 marble in Rome, Italy.     Copyright 1897, by Underwood & Underwood.


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Description (Back): 

     You find this beautiful sculpture in a side chapel in the N.E. corner of St. Peter's, not far from the doors where you enter from the great square.  The square is now at your right:  part of the palace of the Vatican is at the other side of the wall which you are facing.

     You have many a time seen copies of this celebrated marble group.  This is the original, loved and admired for four hundred years, bith as a reminder of the sorrow of the Blessed Virgin over her dead Son, and as a work of artistic genius.  Those bronze cherubs were not any part of the great sculptures idea, but were added, years afterwards, by another man who may indeed have been pious, but who certainly had very bad taste!  They are entirely out of keeping with the majestic and solemn beauty of the original group

     See how the sculpture tells you, in that thin wasted arm hanging so limp and neverless, of the Saviour's life of poverty;  of his suffering on the cross;  of the death and agony through which His spirit passed out of this frame of human flesh.  You can see the mark left on that cold hand by the nail that held it spread out on the tree.  The  sculptor was only twenty-four years old when he produced this masterpiece, but he must have meditated over and over on the story of the Crucifixion, or he could never have thought out in his mind the way that Head hangs cold and still on the Mother's arm.

     Notice how, in spite of the overwhelming grief of the Blessed Virgin, which crushes her for the moment, she is made to give us the impression of one in whom strength does abide;  the artist managed to give us both these ideas about her, by placing her gentile, womanly figure at the center of the group as a whole.


    From Descriptive Bulletin No. 2, copyrighted,
1904, by Underwood & Underwood.


Gallery of Statues, the Vatican, Rome.


Description and Comments
  • Photographic print mounted on a curved dark gray colored card mount.
  • This stereo view is probably from an Underwood & Underwood set.


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