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Source Image: PR670_05_20 of Michelangelo's Florentine Pieta of Florence: Miscellaneous Renaissance Sculpture

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Description

A detail of a hand.

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
Fine shaping
Tool
Tooth Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The tooth chisel is used here in a variety of stages of carving, but it is most clear in the very final stages of fine shaping at the top of the hand.

Notes

In contrast to a methodical approach which might involve working the entire statue 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. In this example, there are various levels of refinement with the tooth chisel. On the underside of the thumb you can see where Michelangelo decided to move the thumb during a refinement stage.

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