Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Art: La Pieta

La Pieta (Italian for pity) may be one of the most famous sculptures made by Michelangelo (1499) and certainly one of my favorites to think about during this time of Lent. The beauty of its lines and forms with the expressive gestures and thoughtfulness leave a lasting impression. It is no wonder that this tender view of human suffering can convey such a feeling of peace and tranquil thoughts for me. Michelangelo was criticized for portraying Mary so youthful, but this gives her a very innocent, serene look, accepting her sorrow with great faith. This beautiful sculpture restores my spirit. Ave Maria.


  1. This is one of my favorite pieces of sculpture. I got to see it while in Italy with a group from my daughter's high school (Huntsville Catholic High)back in 2005. We landed in Milan, then traveled by tour bus to Venice, Assisi, Florence, Pompeii, Sorento, and Rome. It was a wonderful trip and the outstanding art and architecture absolutely breathtaking.

  2. It is beautiful! Mary was young!!! She was probably only around 45 when Jesus died.

  3. You know, this is such a beautiful piece..I don't even want to think about the pain Mary suffered..It hurts me so.

  4. when I saw it in Rome it was so beautiful I cried.
    I was totally embarrassed until I realized I wasn't the only one.


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