Pietá Jewelry and Collectables
Located in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Michelangelo's Pietá is a Renaissance sculpture masterpiece. Made in 1499 out of a single block of Carrara marble, Pietá was commissioned by Cardinal Jean de Billheres of France. It was instantly famous, and launched Michelangelo's career and reputation. It is the only piece that he ever signed.
Pietá depicts the Blessed Mother, Mary holding Jesus after his crucifixion but before his entombment. It is a specific image of the Lamentation of Christ showing only the Virgin with no other mourners such as Mary Magdalene, Joseph of Arimathea, or Nicodemus who are typically depicted. The Pietá is one of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, thus the subject of many Devotional Prayers and works of art.