In St. Cecilia Cathedral here in Omaha for a short time is a display of the full scale reproduction of Michelangelo’s LA PIET’A. www.LaPieta.com
It is one of the greatest sculptures ever created and after seeing it up close (this was a identical reproduction from the same mould) you see why. It was the only sculpture ever signed by Michelangelo. It was kind of funny because I was looking for his signature and could not find it. I asked my wife where did he sign it at and I was looking in the bottom corners looking for it. But right out in front of me St. Mary is wearing this strap going across the front of her where Michelangelo signed it in big bold letters.
Up close the detail in this sculpture is amazing carved in marble. The surface of the marble shines prefect under the lighting because of the way it is finished and polished. It is so hard to believe that this was created almost 500 years ago. Imagine the tools he used to carve marble back then.
LaPieta means Pity. It was made for a tomb I think. The original sculpture is in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican (Rome). In 1972 some crazy person went up to the original sculpture and took a hammer to it damaging it. During the reconstruction of the original sculpture they made a mould of it to produce this reproduction of it that I saw. Now the one in Rome is behind bullet proof glass from a distance. Why in the world would someone do something like that? It is so crazy this sculpture was just fine for 450 or so years and then someone in recent days try to destroy it. Go figure?
Anyway I’ve never seen up close Michelangelo’s work before. I’m glad I finally did. Probably the greatest artist ever.
Here is my version of La Pieta. I photographed it this morning. It was nice because I was the only one there and could move around it.