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Artists of the Italian Renaissance

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Michelangelo Buonarroti

1475 - 1564 (89)









Michelangelo Pietà - Opera del Duomo Museum, Florence - postcard photo.




G.B.Lorenzi - bust of Michelangelo



This dramatic Pietà was originally destined for Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.  It features Nicodemus (standing) and the two Marys holding the body of Jesus.  After working on it over a period of three years on either side of 1550 (around 50 years after completing his St Peters' Pietà), a leg broke off and Michelangelo decided to smash it up. 


He gave the bits to his servant, who sold them to someone else who, with the help of a drawing done earlier by the artist, had the ensemble skilfully reconstructed.   It is now the highlight (along with Donatello's Maddalena and Ghiberti's Baptistery door panels) of Florence's Museo dell'Opera del Duomo collection.  The face of Nicodemus is thought to be a self portrait of Michelangelo.



Above: Bust of Michelangelo from his tomb in Santa Croce (Florence)





The famous statue of David by Michelangelo, exhibited in the Accademia in Florence.  A low res digital photo taken by Paradox when he first got into Tuscany and digital photography (and before Paradoxplace existed) in the year 2000.



The St Peters' Pietà



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