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Michelangelo is considered one of the greatest artists in history and was a great leader during the Italian Renaissance Not only was he a great painter but a sculptor as well His most famous sculptures all depict variations of the same scene the Virgin Mary and the body of the dead Christ after his crucification These four sculptures collectively called the Pietas are all very unique Pieta 1 was sculpted in 1499 when Michelangelo was only 23 years old It is the most intricate and beautiful Pieta and it established Michelangelos reputation as a sculptor Compared to the other 3 Pietas Pieta 1 is by far the most beautiful The care and delicacy of Michelangelos artistic hand shows in the intricate folds of the cloth on Marys lap Marys face is youthful yet beyond her time the expression on her face as her head leans slightly over the lifeless body of her dead son in her lap is one of peace and serenity The body of Christ itself exhibits the perfection of a real human body each muscle so very well defined The veins and muscles are indicated with so much exactitude that one cannot help but marvel at how such a young artist could capture divine beauty in a piece of marble The sculpture is one of piece Though signs of malnutrition are shown by the protrusion of Christs ribs there are no signs of nail marks in his hands or feet no crown of thorns adorn his head There is no sign of abuse or suffering at all None of the other 3 Pietas can compare to Pieta 1 with all its detail Pieta 2 was destroyed by Michelangelo only to be reconstructed by a servant of his Pieta 3 lacks the lifelike detail contained in Pieta 1 The faces are blurs of marble one not being able to tell if it is Mary holding the dead Christ up or whether it is
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