art, inspiration, Italy, Michelangelo, Pietà, Rome, sculpture, St. Peter's Basilica
I have always been drawn to and moved by images of Michelangelo’s Pieta, his sculpture of the Mother Mary holding the body of her son in her lap after his crucifixion. Seeing it in person when I visited Italy last year did not disappoint. To me it symbolizes that perfect all-embracing, unconditional love that transcends time and space. Her son is dead, beyond her comfort. And yet she holds him with such tenderness and devotion that I don’t feel despair or grief. I feel the power of an undying love and that spills outward, encompassing her and her son and all who behold them.
The Pieta was commissioned to be “the most beautiful work of marble in Rome, one that no living artist could best.” It is truly that, even today, and is considered by many to be Michelangelo’s greatest work of art, even besting his sculpture of David, and his painting of the Creation of Adam.
St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is a magnificent setting for the Pieta. Many masters of the Renaissance contributed to its creation, including Michelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, Donato, and Giacomo della Porta.
After the narrow, crowded spaces of the Vatican museums, it was a pleasure to move within the spacious grandeur of the Basilica. I loved especially the lush details in the decorative grilles and arches, and all the beautiful and varied colors of marble found in the tiled floors and walls, as well as the stunning sculptures.
Thanks for the personal photo tour… Michelangelo craved the Pieta at the ripe old age of 26! Amazing!
It is amazing! They say this was the only artwork he signed too, and because of that he became famous.
Writing to Freedom said:
What a beautiful building. You sure have been to some wonderful places Deborah.
I have, and am so grateful and thrilled for the opportunity. It still amazes me.
laura bruno lilly said:
Even in our meager attempts to capture the essence of artwork via photos – the magnificence shines through these of yours and is an astonishing reminder of why art is sooooooo important to our everyday lives!
The floors, the ceilings, everything is filled to the brim.
I, too, remember the awe, reverence, gut-wrenching emotion and appreciation I felt when I first saw the Pieta up close…
Yes, and while the photos capture only such a small part of the lived moment or actual artwork, they allow us to relive that moment and savor the art at a more leisurely pace, and sometimes see things we hadn’t noticed at the time.
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I saw the pieta when it was sent to the worlds fair in nyc quite a few years ago. It is amazing.
It is! It’s a wonder they would allow it to travel so far, it’s such a national treasure. But what a great opportunity to be able to view it right here in the USA. I wish everyone would have a chance to see it in person. Thanks for coming here and commenting.
Discover and Explore said:
Much thanks for sharing this magnificent structure.