Michelangelo’s Pieta “Lamentation of Christ” – the only work that was signed by him. Copies of this work can be seen in many Catholic churches in the world. Pieta’s figure is very interesting. The Italian master managed to subtly portray the lifeless Jesus in the hands of Our Lady. Here Madonna is quite young, who grieves because the closest person to her has died.
The sculptor managed to very subtly combine two figures – Jesus and the Mother of God. Combining them into one compositional whole was very difficult. And Michelangelo succeeded flawlessly. In this figure, Michelangelo contrasts opposites: masculine and feminine, animate and inanimate. So the voltage component is successfully added to the composition.
The clothing of the Madonna in this sculpture has very large and breaking folds. This technique enhances the drama of the plot. The folds symbolize the physical and mental strength of the Mother of God. At the same time, the strength and power of the folds contrasts with the softness of Madonna’s features. Michelangelo perfectly portrayed the theme of grief to the mother, who mourns the death of her son. The depth of the disclosure of such a topic is amazing: after all, it was made in the 15th century. Michelangelo portrayed the Mother of God young. By this, he violated theological canons, but this technique gave an opportunity to show the spiritual purity of the Madonna.
The image of the Blessed Virgin is spiritual, noble, restrained. Such feelings set off the maternal grief a little, giving it the features of enlightenment. And in the allotted left hand, we guess bewilderment. This work of Michelangelo refers to the most thoughtful and complete. Few sculptures have so much expressiveness, emotionality and pithiness.