A Brief History of the Pietà

Italy, Lazio, Rome, Vatican City The 1499 Renaissance Pieta by Michelangelo in St Peters Basilica depicting the body of Jesus in the arms of his mother Mary after the crucifixion.(Photo by: Eye Ubiquitous/UIG via Getty Images)

While Michelangelo's sculpture of Mary holding the deceased body of Christ is the most famous depiction of that moment in art, that scene has been the focus of many works. And once, the famous version took a trip across the ocean.

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Topics in this Podcast: art history, art, religion, European history, Michelangelo, 15th Century