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.