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Source Image: PR670_05_09 of Michelangelo's Florentine Pieta of Florence: Miscellaneous Renaissance Sculpture

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Description

Michelangelo's unfinished Florence Pieta.

Monument
Florence: Miscellaneous Renaissance Sculpture 
Monument Part
Michelangelo's Florentine Pieta 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Undefined white marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 1547 - circa ad 1553 
Keywords
Jesus  
Collections
Florence  

Location

Original Location
Florence 
Current Location
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
Parallel marks of point chiselling can be seen on the base of the statue.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
Remnants of rough work with the point can be seen between the heads of the heads of the figures on the right.

Notes

Michelangelo was the primary sculptor of this piece, with two assistants likely finishing the work. It seems the piece was being broken up, likely because the figure of Mary Magdalene was out of proportion with the rest of the work and suggests the piece was carved by eye. The arm was pieced and the leg of Jesus was repaired.

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