The statue of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) in Pieta shows an interesting detail: no one will discover it first.
An artist whose age and talent far surpassed his contemporaries and grandchildren, at the age of only 2497, commissioned French Cardinal Jean Bilhir de La Grolias to create the statue of the Painful Mother, Pieta, which depicts the Lady in the arms of her deceased son. I wonder how you made it and why.
Interesting details about Petan
Although much is seen in the side chapel of St Peter’s, it is rarely seen to anyone, but especially to the lay eye, the little thing Michelangelo consciously surely made on the statue.
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This is because the work is somewhat disproportionate. Upon closer examination, focusing on this feature, it can be seen that the head of the Virgin is somewhat smaller than what her body size requires. The head is not too small, and the body is larger: the artist was forced to slightly enlarge his body. To properly hold the Savior’s body, the statue needed proper support, so the marble figure had to be sculpted with more force.
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Why doesn’t this seem confusing at first? After Michelangelo gave the statues the appropriate outfit of the Virgin Mary, he had the opportunity to make his mantle longer, more voluminous and more pleated. This veil in good faith hides the little deception with which he made a house. The large sculpting body perfectly hides in the fall of the canvas.
The statue, which again reflects only the genius of Michelangelo: in his early twenties, he did not accidentally draw attention to himself with his magnificent creation.
Interesting details about the statue of David
Not only Pieta, but also the statue of David, shows an interesting detail: it proves his knowledge beyond the age of Michelangelo.