Name: Pieta (detail). Marble.
Artist: Michelangelo Buonarroti
Location: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican.
Michelangelo carefully selected the marble for this marvellous sculpture which is currently located in St. Peter's Basilica. Life size, deeply poignant and sublimely beautiful Mary is shown holding the dead Christ. The white marble is highly finished. In creating a harmonious pyramidal group from the problematic combination of the figure of a full-grown man lying dead across the lap of his mother, Michelangelo solved a formal problem that had formerly baffled other artists. The sculpture was completed in 1500 when Michelangelo was only twenty-five years old. It is the only work to bear his signature.