This piety was further propagated by colonial influence to the other European nations, including France and Italy. The most successful and eponymous depiction of the Pieta is undoubtedly that created by Michelangelo. He was only 24 when the French Cardinal Jean de Bilheres commissioned this statue as his funeral monument. Michelangelo at once set to work. No other sculptor, not even the most rare artist will all his hard work, can ever reach this level of design and grace. The most alluring aspect of the Pieta is the extraordinary affiliation that Michelangelo has constructed between the Virgin Mother and her dead Son.
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By Tamar Lapin and Ruth Brown. April 16, pm Updated April 16, pm. It was just one of many priceless pieces inside the historic Gothic cathedral feared lost forever in the Monday fire. But while firefighters, clergy and city workers rushed in to rescue many of the precious works as the building burned Monday, the fate of many items remained hazy as the smoke cleared Tuesday. Other relics saved included a piece of wood and a nail purported to be from the cross on which Jesus was crucified, along with the tunic of Saint Louis — worn by 13th-century French King Louis IX, who brought the crown of thorns to Paris and was later made a saint, he said. Incredibly, a metal rooster that sat atop the foot spire did survive the disaster. However, the fate of three other holy items that were in the rooster that collapsed in the roaring flames remained in doubt, because the sculpture was smashed in, the source added.
Famed statue of Jesus and Virgin Mary spared in Notre Dame blaze
A controversial artwork depicting the Virgin Mary cradling a giant penis has sparked outrage, with religious leaders and politicians calling for it to be taken down. The painting, titled Holy Family by the artist Juan Davila, 73, is currently being showcased in the museum of Griffith University in Queensland. The portrait will be on public display until the end of the month, but critics are calling for the 'vulgar' painting to be taken down from its exhibition early.
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