Michelangelo and the Medieval Pietà: The Sculpture of Devotion or the Art of Sculpture?

  title={Michelangelo and the Medieval Piet{\`a}: The Sculpture of Devotion or the Art of Sculpture?},
  author={J. E. Ziegler},
  pages={28 - 36}
This essay compares Michelangelo's first Pietà with its medieval predecessors from the southern Low Countries. The purpose is to suggest that in reacting to Flemish models Michelangelo remained consistent in his views on Flemish art. In the particular ways he departed from those Pietàs Michelangelo radically redefined the enterprise of making Pietà sculptures and, hence, redefined the nature of the "art" itself. He did so by contrast with the Flemish works: Michelangelo's core figures are… Expand
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