Not to be confused with the Pietà Vaticana in Rome, the Pietà Bandini - also made by Michelangelo - is one of the museum's highlights. The Renaissance master’s personal faith is reflected in this unfinished masterpiece.
Begun around the year 1546, Michelangelo abandoned the work after 9 years because, as tradition goes, he was angered by all the flaws in the marble. Even from a distance, you can see traces of Michelangelo’s tool marks, which he never got around to smoothing out.
Christ - with a missing leg!- is truly at the centre of the group, larger than life and leaving us engrossed for the lifelessness of his limbs and the way his mother embraces him to his left. Interestingly, the man standing behind Christ is identified as Nicodemus, but Michelangelo used this as an opportunity to sculpt a self-portrait of himself in his old age.