John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Art on Sunday: Michelangelo, Pietà

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475–1564)
Pietà, 1498-99
PietàSt. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Michaelangelo was commissioned, supposedly on this date in 1498, to create this statue by a French cardinal, Jean de Billheres, who intended it for his own funeral monument. It served that purpose until the 18th century, when it was moved to its current location in a chapel immediately to the right of the entrance.

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