The Deposition (Michelangelo)

The Deposition (Michelangelo)

Artist Michelangelo

Date ca. 1547

Movement Late Renaissance

Medium Marble

Dimensions 7’8″

Housed at Museo del Opera del Duomo, Florence

 

This work is also known as the Florence Pietà, the Bandini Pietà or The Lamentation over the Dead Christ. Michelangelo makes a rather sharp turn from his earlier Pietà; instead of striving for conventional beauty, it appears that Michelangelo is significantly more concerned with the spiritual implications of this work than his earlier one—he even applies his own facial features upon the hooded figure, whom many scholars believe to be Nicodemus; perhaps Michelangelo thought this gesture, of placing himself so close to the divine, would have ensured his salvation.

 

Michelangelo never finished this work, and for reasons unknown, attempted to destroy it in 1555. Francesco Bandini later came to own the sculpture, and hired an apprentice by the name of Tiberius Calcagni who reworked the piece to its current status.