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Source Image: PR670_05_17 of Michelangelo's Florentine Pieta of Florence: Miscellaneous Renaissance Sculpture

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Description

A detail of the hand of Christ.

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
Rough shaping
Tool
Tooth Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The tooth chisel was used to refine the shapes of the figures.

Notes

In contrast to the methodical approach which would have seen the entire statue worked to the same level of finish before starting the next refining process, Michelangelo has, in this example, several different stages of carving from rough to more finished present. Here one can see that the hand has been finely shaped but has not been hollowed out.

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