In the right aisle, the first major sight is Michelangelo’s beautiful Pietà , located immediately to the right of the entrance. The sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the dead Jesus in her lap after the crucifixion, and was completed when Michelangelo was just 24. After it was vandalized with an axe in 1972, the sculpture was placed behind protective glass. Photo Creative Commons License aewolf.

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