La Pietà: An Everlasting Symbol of Love, Loss, and Hope
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This giclée print is taken from my original oil and gold leaf painting on black walnut wood.
Michelangelo’s Pietà, is one of the most well-known and well-loved artworks to have come out of the Italian Renaissance.
La Pietà scene depicts Mary holding the body of her Son; what makes this sacred artwork so unique is that La Pietà is not a scene based on scripture – it was purely an artistic creation. This piece continues to inspire awe and devotion. The beauty and power behind Michelangelo’s creation is the ability to capture the physical suffering of Christ and the emotional suffering of Mary. There was a special emotional appeal for me as I painted this up. I hope you feel it too, and that the message resonates with you—
We should never forget about prayer. La Pietà is one of the most recognizable and enduring Christian symbols in history for a reason. It is a sorrowful scene, but one that also holds the promise of hope and redemption. We should still find comfort in Mary’s presence. After all, it is Mary who always hears our prayers and intercedes for us on behalf of her son. What Michelangelo carved out of marble was not just the angelic features of Mary, but the hope and comfort she offers to us as a mother. It is easy to imagine that her loving gaze is directed at us and that she is offering her motherly love and protection to the world. This sculpture is a reminder of Mary’s faith in God, and her hope for mankind. Mary’s gaze is downcast, but she has not been defeated by the death of her son. There is strength and serenity within her which she now offers to us. After all, Mary is not only the Mother of Christ, she is the Mother to all who believe in him.
In the weeks to come, whatever they may hold, please stay strong. And always know that Mary is listening to our prayers and holding them close to her heart.