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Masterpiece Series: The Pietà and the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel


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Michelangelo's exact job description for the project was to create "the most beautiful work of marble in Rome, one that no living artist could better." The Pietà is a statue depicting the Virgin Mary sorrowfully cradling the crucified body of her son, Jesus. Pietà means 'pity' or compassion. Michelangelo definitely expressed the emotion and sorrow that this moment would have.

Michelangelo's frescoes take up the entirety of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. These paintings are among the most important paintings in the world. Originally, Michelangelo wanted nothing to do with the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling. He also considered himself a sculptor rather than a painter. He had no experience with frescoes. Michelangelo reluctantly accepted the commission, spending four years painting the frescoes while standing (not lying down as most people assume) on scaffolding, reaching above his head with his brush in hand.

The second in our Masterpiece Series, The Pietà and the Sistine Chapel are meant to go along with our Great Artists Series: Michelangelo. We hope you enjoy these incredible works of art as much as we did writing about them.

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February 13, 2016
This title was added to our catalog on February 13, 2016.