Saturday, March 6, 2010
Today is Michelangelo's birthday. I know of three sculptures of his that depict the dead Jesus after he has been taken down from the Cross. The most famous and prettiest is the one in St. Peter's Basilica that Michelangelo did when he was 21: a very young Mary holds Jesus in her lap.
This is a picture of the one I like best. I think Michelangelo did it late in life. It is not smooth and lovely. It is rough and crude. It seems almost modern in style. It tells me how much Jesus has suffered