“The Pieta” by Michelangelo

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Introduction Just as other works that reflect art, pieces in the category of fine arts serve the important message of passing certain messages or portraying a special feeling towards a particular person, function or activity. At times due to the nature of a particular work, it can become so valuable that its viewers cannot place a price on it. It is not the nature or texture of an art that qualifies it, but the appreciation by those who look at it (Lewis & Lewis, 2008). There are a number of artists involved in this field who used their works to pass specific information such as Leonardo da Vinci. The other acknowledged artist is Michelangelo Buonarroti; an Italian artist renowned for his famous fine pieces of arts. The Pieta piece of art is among some of the works that were sculptured by this particular artist. The name is an Italian word that means pity or compassion. With regards to this work this paper will through research provide its details with regards to more information about it, the artist, history as well as its background. History, Background and Theme of the “Pieta” Piece of Art The Pieta as a master piece of work is an art sculpture of Michelangelo located within the Vatican City inside St. Peter’s Basilica and where as is described by to Fisher, it is not possible to see it from outside (2007). Made from only one piece of white marble from Carrara, it was created for the period of the years 1498 and 1499 taking two years to its completion. Among the greater variety of works by this artist, it is the first that was worked on bearing the same theme of pain and redemption combined with beauty s the final product. It is also the only one that bears his signature on the diagonal ribbon across Mary’s chest. Pieta ... ... middle of paper ... ...ich does not require a lot of observation to notice what the artist intended. It is therefore apparent that the same level of appreciation the Pieta has received in the past will continue into the future for a long time. Works Cited Fisher, I. (2007, April 22). Affordable Europe | Rome; In the Eternal City, Priceless Art for No Price at All. New York Times , p. 11. Hogg, S., & Brewer, S. (2010). Frommer's Italy day by Day. US: Frommer's. Hupka, R. (1999). Pieta. Carlifornia, US: Ignatius Press. Lewis, R., & Lewis, S. (2008). The Power of Art. Connecticut, United States: Cengage Learning. St. Peters Basilica. (2009). Chapel of the Pieta. Retrieved April 15, 2011, from St. Peters Basilica: http://www.stpetersbasilica.org/Altars/Pieta/Pieta.htm William, W. (1995). Life and Early Works (Michelangelo: Selected Scholarship in English). Dallas, US: Garland.
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