Vatican Museums hold study day on Michelangelo’s Pieta in Rome

Michelangelo’s Pieta, 1499 St Peter’s Basilica, Rome

The Vatican News Service gave notice of a symposium held today, the 41st anniversary of the  occasion the Pieta was attacked with a hammer, causing damage to the Madonna’s nose, left forearm and elbow. The study day was entitled “Michelangelo’s Pieta: In memory of 21 May 1972- A Restoration Story. A leaflet and abstracts give details of the talks. Details of the history of the statue’s position in St Peter’s prior to its current position where it was placed in 1779 were presented. The archeologist Pietro Zander was scheduled to discuss the many crowns that have adorned the Virgin’s head over the centuries. Also shown was a digitally re-mastered version of the film ‘Violence and the Pieta’, a documentary originally filmed at Paul VI’s express desire, who saw the shattered statue as an image of the church in tears, attacked by evil. There was also to be an introduction to a new Vatican Museum initiative, the creation of a virtual gipsoteca of  3D clones of the Museums most important works.

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