Michelangelo’s La Pieta – The only piece he signed
Michelangelo’s La Pieta
A visit to Vatican City means the opportunity to see some wonderful art! You’ll see tapestries, paintings and sculptures. Many are excited to see Michelangelo’s work on the ceiling. As wonderful as that is…so is his sculpture!
Michelangelo though of himself as a sculptor – not a painter. He loved to sculpt. He said that he simply set free what was inside the rock. As a matter of fact, he didn’t even want to paint his most famous work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At the time, the pope was very powerful and when he asked Michelangelo to paint the chapel ceiling Michelangelo just felt he couldn’t say no.
This sculpture, Michelangelo’s La Pieta, is inside St. Peter’s in Rome. Michelangelo was in the crowd admiring his sculpture when he overheard two people discussing La Pieta. They were giving credit to an artist from a neighboring town. Michelangelo was so mad and jealous at not getting credit for his masterpiece! The next day he chiseled “Michelangelo did this.” on Mary’s sash. It is the only piece he ever signed.
It is hard to get close enough to get a good photo, but you can see a close up here from photographer Ron Soliman.
Natalie, The Educational Tourist