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The Pietà (1499) by Michelangelo is a marble sculpture in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, the first of a number of works of the same theme by the artist. The statue was commissioned for the French cardinal Jean de Billheres, who was a representative in Rome. The statue was made for the cardinal's funeral monument, but was moved to its current location, the first chapel on the right as one enters the basilica, in the 18th century.

This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. The theme is of Northern origin, popular by that time in France but not yet in Italy. Michelangelo's interpretation of the Pietà is unique to the precedents. It is an important work as it balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism. The statue is one of the most highly finished works by Michelangelo. (excerpt from Wikipedia).

After the outrageous and tragic attach on the sculpture in 1972 by a disturbed individual with a hammer, the Pieta was placed well back from the public behind a bullet-proof glass shield.

Though I have taken some obvious liberties with Photoshop, the intention here was to reduce the visual distraction from the background and from the glass in front of the sculpture, and to perhaps add a little more drama than the current display allows.

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