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Source Image: PR670_05_12 of Michelangelo's Florentine Pieta of Florence: Miscellaneous Renaissance Sculpture

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Description

The left side of the 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
JesusRe-Carving  
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
The point chisel's distinctive parallel line are visible on the left and back of the Pieta. These marks were from the initial shaping of the statue.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Tooth Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The tooth chisel was used for the finer shaping of the figure.

Notes

Although the piece was not finished, the attempt to make it look so was by polishing the surface with either wax or pig fat. The use of these substances create the often seen brown discolouration on the stone but are very difficult to remove.

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