Pietà

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Pietà
Atelier de moulage des Musées Nationaux (1928-), based on an early plaster cast of the original marble by Michelangelo BUONARROTI known as MICHEL-ANGE (1475-1564) Pietà Plaster H. 168 cm W. 100 cm D. 180 cm The original work, dating from 1498/1499 and housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, was reproduced in plaster at the request of Louis Peisse, curator at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and founder of the "Musée des Modèles", who commissioned Leopoldo Malipieri (molder) to produce it in 1834. On this subject, and to note the Parisian importance of casts of Michelangelo's works in the 19th century, we quote Emmanuel Schwarz, heritage curator at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris: "Thiers created a sanctuary of casts dedicated to Michelangelo in the École des beaux-arts. This collection revealed the affinities between Michelangelo's terribilità and the irreligious political romanticism of Stendhal and Michelet. It had echoes in the poetry of Théophile Gautier and Baudelaire. Carpeaux and Rodin, sensitive to the power of Michelangelo, conceived daring inventions here. Taine used plaster of Paris to teach his students the tragic symbolism of the marble originals. Casts sometimes acquire a meaning that the originals from which they are taken are unaware of. For a century, a few Michelangelo casts in France offered artistic, moral, literary and philosophical models. This required not only spectacular presentation, but also lengthy historical preparation and a few coincidences." (Du plâtre et de la poésie. Les moulages d'après Michel-Ange à l'École des beaux-arts de Paris, November 2012, https://journals.openedition.org/insitu/12411?lang=fr). BA Paris inventory no.: MU 3654 Date of present print run: Ateliers overmolding campaign in 2016 Possible outdoor exposure: no Condition: minor accidents and missing parts, but good overall condition Type of print run in relation to model: complete
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