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The origins of Michelangelo's Pietà
The exhibition is dedicated to the origins of the iconography of the Pietà, with particular reference to the creation of Michelangelo's Vatican Pietà.
By using paintings and sculptures it shows the Nordic origins of this theme, which Michelangelo worked on for his entire artistic life. The early Vatican Pietà is in fact an example of a Vesperbild, a type of iconography originating in northern Europe, which became successful in Italy at the end of the 15th century.
Curated by Antonio Mazzotta in collaboration with Claudio Salsi.