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a representation of the Virgin Mary mourning over the dead body of Jesus

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The Pieta is also cleverly juxtaposed with a cast of Michelangelo's Vatican Pieta.
Iseppo, not a native-Venetian son but an outsider from Chioggia, is maneuvering his rather large flat-bottomed boat into the docking place at the Pieta orphanage/ conservatory.
Although relying, like all confraternities, on male clerics for spiritual direction, the founders and overseers of the Pieta were laywomen, drawn from assorted ranks of a stratified urban society and most of them contributing fairly small sums.
The high Renaissance warrior pope forces the sculptor of David and the Pieta to plaster his private chapel with the world's most beautiful frescoes, threatening to crush Michelangelo (Charlton Heston like quarry dust if he dares to refuse his command.
The Pieta, the very image of salvation, and the face of this most holy Christian warrior.
Highlighted are lengthy and detailed closeups of the Pieta the David, the Last Judgment, Michelangelo's Moses and the tomb of Julius II.
Stirlingshire landowner Archie Stirling auctioned the paintings from his family collection - including The Pieta by 16th century Spanish artist Luis de Morales - at Sotheby's in London.
Harper: Jackson's woodcut of the Pieta theme hangs in my loft as a reminder of a classical motif, the Pieta of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.
The Pieta had a long history of charitable works beginning in the late Middle Ages.
The pieta now sits at eye level in the Museum of the Opera del Duomo in Florence, not far from where the artist is buried.
I can't believe Michelangelo himself used to go up there to choose his blocks personally, the ones from which emerged the Pieta, David and many other treasures.
Yet for scholars intent on rediscovering and reviving the repertory of the Pieta its exploration can prove deeply frustrating.
The musical lives of Anna Maria of the Pieta, Elisabetta Mantovani of the Incurabili, Anna Cremona of the Mendicanti, and Bortola Anzoloti of the Dereletti, to name but a few, have long awaited narration.
Thus, the naked body of a 35-year-old man was placed next to an older man who, in a successful fusion of the Pieta and the age-old figure of Maternity, breast feeds him.
The Pieta was completed the moment the sculpture reached the point of revealing the concept (Pliny the Elder valued unfinished works because they reveal lineamenta reliqua [preliminary drawings] of the original concept "left visible"(45)).