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2013
Basic Formal Analysis
Art Appreciation > week 2 > Assignment > Writing Assignment Charlene Collier

2013
Basic Formal Analysis
Art Appreciation > week 2 > Assignment > Writing Assignment Charlene Collier

Michelangelo's Pieta
This is probably the world's most famous sculpture of a religious subject. Michelangelo carved it when he was 24 years old, and it is the only one he ever signed. The beauty of its lines and expression leaves a lasting impression on everyone. With this magnificent statue Michelangelo has given us a highly spiritual and Christian view of human suffering. Artists before and after Michelangelo always depicted the Virgin with the dead Christ in her arms as grief stricken, almost on the verge of desperation, while Michelangelo, on the other hand, created a highly supernatural feeling.

As she holds Jesus' lifeless body on her lap, the Virgin's face emanates sweetness, serenity and a majestic acceptance of this immense sorrow, combined with her faith in the Redeemer. It seems almost as if Jesus is about to reawaken from a tranquil sleep and that after so much suffering and thorns, the rose of resurrection is about to bloom. As we contemplate the Pieta which conveys peace and tranquility, we can feel that the great sufferings of life and its pain can be mitigated. 

Here, many Christians recall the price of their redemption and pray in silence. The words may be those of the "Salve Regina" or "Sub tuum presidium" or another prayer. After Peter's Tomb, the Pieta Chapel is the most frequently visited and silent place in the entire basilica.

Prior to the Renaissance most art was very based in spiritual form, rather than depicting real life. While still a Christian piece, the Pieta reflects the real suffering of mankind. Likewise, unlike the classical Greek sculptures where man is presented flawless, Renaissance sculpture, the Pieta included, show a more realistic representation of man's imperfections....
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