Michelangelo's Pieta Sculpture

Michelangelo's Pieta is a classic piece of Renaissance sculpture and instantly recognisable as being from the career of this Italian 15th century genius. We offer a full history of the piece in this website, with many images and photos of the original art work available. There are also links to where you can buy your own prints and posters of the classic sculpture to add to your own wall from recommended retailer, Art.com. You can read more about David Michelangelo scuptures here as well. There is also a gallery there covering Michelangelo's full career paintings and sculptures.

Tuscan-born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni has become a symbol of the rise of western art during the 15th century at the height of the Italian Renaissance which still inspires artists today with it's innovative and classic qualities. Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci were far beyond just painters, with diverse skills covering other fields such as sculpture, architecture and poetry. As well as Pieta, Michelangelo also created David too.

Michelangelo's Pieta sculpture was created entirely in Marble, which was also what he used to create David and several other key sculptures. Pieta took the artist many months to complete during the years of 1498-99. It measures 174 cm × 195 cm (68.5 in × 76.8 in) and is currently stored at St. Peter's Basilica, in Vatican City. The sculptor actually produced several different sculptures relating to the same topic, namely Florentine Pieta or The Deposition, the Rondanini Pieta and the Palestrina Pieta.

French cardinal Jean de Billheres commissioned this elaborate sculpture and was happy to choose Michelangelo for the job as his reputation was amongst the highest of any artist in the area. The artist was clearly delighted with the final piece and went to the length of signing it, which was the first and only time he did so.

Michelangelo starred during a time which most consider the finest within the whole history of Italian art, where the country dominated all of Europe with it's new ideas for painting and sculpture.

This development was driven by the fierce competition which existed between different families and provinces across the then-divided country. This website concentrates most of Michelangelo's Pieta sculpture, but much of the rest of his career is also covered in detail.

Italian artists have long since provided important contributions to the art world, with particular prominence in sculpture and painting. Recent artists have included Amedeo Modigliani and other creative painters, spread across different art movements.

The biggest influence from Italy remains within the Renaissance and Baroque periods where they led the world and other countries like France, Spain and Germany took many years to catch up.

Pieta Michelangelo sculpture is a common religious scene and can be found in the careers of many other artists around this time.

Pieta features Christ in the arms of mother Mary after his crucifixion and is obviously a crucial moment in the history of Christianity which uses this moment in time as a way of appreciating the sacrifices made by their great lord, leading to all the devotion which they show for him in a whole multitude of ways.

We can conclude from Michelangelo's career that Pieta is amongst his finest works, with sculpture just one aspect of his overall portfolio of creative output. His reputation has grown so far that many will visit Italy from far afield in order to just see his majestic works in person.

Sadly, many of these have become damaged over time but Pieta remains in great condition and is a major attraction within the Italian cultural scene.

Creation of Adam Painting

Creation of Adam is yet another impressive art work by Michelangelo, and you can see that above, with links to where you can buy a photographic print of it online, with great prices available.

There is also a fuller gallery covering the entire career of Michelangelo including both his paintings and photos of his best sculptures and internal frescos. The best known of these frescos is of course at the Sistine Chapel.

Pieta features a normal pyramid construction with Mary's head deliberately placed at the top and centre of the of the piece, with her expression perhaps being the main centerpiece of the sculpture, as she looks on at Christ.

Michelangelo's Pieta sculpture was somewhat different in approach to how other artists of that time had done it, both with sculptures and also paintings.

Michelangelo portrayed a much younger Mary than all others had done, and this was another way in which he differentiated his career from others of that time.

David Sculpture Print

David Sculpture Print

Moses Michelangelo Sculpture

Moses Michelangelo Sculpture

Creation of Adam Michelangelo

Creation of Adam Michelangelo

Sistine Chapel Painting

Sistine Chapel Painting

Sistine Chapel Fresco

Sistine Chapel Fresco

Conversion of St Paul Painting

Conversion of St Paul Painting

Last Judgement Michelangelo

Last Judgement Michelangelo

Sistine Chapel Restoration

Sistine Chapel Restoration

Male Figures Michelangelo

Male Figures Michelangelo

Creation of Eve Painting

Creation of Eve Painting

Mary Magdalen Painting

Mary Magdalen Painting

God Michelangelo

God Michelangelo

Sistine Chapel Photo

Sistine Chapel Photo

Rebellious Slave Sculpture

Rebellious Slave Sculpture

Dying Slave Sculpture

Dying Slave Sculpture

Water and Earth Painting

Water and Earth Painting

Prophet Jeremiah Painting

Prophet Jeremiah Painting

Rondanini Pieta Michelangelo

Rondanini Pieta Michelangelo

Male Sketch

Male Sketch

Cleopatra Sketch

Cleopatra Sketch

Michelangelo Drawing

Michelangelo Drawing

Doni Tondo Painting

Doni Tondo Painting

Christ Painting

Christ Painting

Famous Michelangelo Art Works

Pieta was just one of a number of great sculptures from Michelangelo, with many paintings besides. We include a list of the best art works below.

  • Pieta sculpture
  • David sculpture
  • The Creation of Adam
  • The Last Judgment
  • The Flood
  • The Creation of the Sun and Moon
  • The Creation of Eve
  • Conversion of Saint Paul
  • Crucifixion of Saint Peter
  • Entombment
  • The Fall of Man
  • The Torment of Saint Anthony
  • The Prophet Jeremiah
  • The Punishment of Haman
  • The Separation of Land and Water
  • The Separation of Light and Darkness
  • The Libyan Sibyl
  • The Conversion of Saul
  • Sistine Chapel Lunette and Popes
  • Matyrdom of St Peter