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Museo Pieta Rondanini, Milan

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The Rondanini Pietà is a marble sculpture that Michelangelo worked on from 1552 until the last days of his life, in 1564. Several sources indicate that there were actually three versions, with this one being the last. The name Rondanini refers to the fact that the sculpture stood for centuries in the courtyard at the Palazzo Rondanini in Rome. Certain sources point out that biographer Giorgio Vasari had referred to this Pietà in 1550, suggesting that the first version may already have been underway at that time. The work is currently housed in the Museum of Rondanini Pietà of Sforza Castle in Milan.This final sculpture revisited the theme of the Virgin Mary mourning over the emaciated body of the dead Christ, which he had first explored in his Pietà of 1499. Like his late series of drawings of the Crucifixion and the sculpture of the Deposition of Christ intended for his own tomb, it was produced at a time when Michelangelo's sense of his own mortality was growing. He had worked on the sculpture all day, just six days before his death.The Rondanini Pietà was begun before The Deposition of Christ was completed in 1555. In his dying days, Michelangelo hacked at the marble block until only the dismembered right arm of Christ survived from the sculpture as originally conceived. The elongated Virgin and Christ are a departure from the idealised figures that exemplified the sculptor's earlier style, and have been said to bear more of a resemblance to the attenuated figures of Gothic sculpture than those of the Renaissance. Some also suggest that the elongated figures are reminiscent of the style used in Mannerism.
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  • Michelangelo's late Pieta is awesome. When you got the chance to get there without any crowds you can enjoy the calmness of the room and the amazing art. We were lucky. Only two people were there...  more »
  • I visited the Museo Pieta Rondanini in December 2019. The main attraction here is Michaelangelo's Rondanini Pieta. It was not crowded here since I got here early on a Sunday morning. I recommend...  more »
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  • 45 minutes of waiting under sunlight for 5 minutes of visit. That sucks. Your organisation sucks. Listen to your consummer and improve yourself.
  • We feel the breath abd touch of a master.

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