Michelangelo's The Pieta, completed in 1499.
This master work of the Pieta is widely considered one of his greatest statues. The Italian Renaissance sculptor was commissioned to create this work for St. Peter's basilica in Rome. Michelangelo was commissioned to make it by the French envoy to Rome, Cardinal Jean de Billheres. This explains the subject matter which was unusual for Italy at the time. Maria has been depicted at a surprisingly young age. Her pure lifestyle proves to have protected her from life's ravages.
The Pieta is the only sculptural work Michelangelo signed. His biographer Vasari wrote that he signed the ribbon across Maria's chest because rumors were circulating that Cristoforo Solari has sculpted the work and not him. Afterwords, Michelangelo was ashamed of his unseemly pride.
This reproduction of the Pieta is part of the Parastone Museum Replica Collection. It has remarkable details including a clear representation of Michelangelo's name as he signed it across Mary's ribbon over her chest.
Made from an antique style of resin. The packaging includes a full description card.
Size: 8.75"H x 8.75"W x 5.5"D.