21st May 1972: Laszlo Toth attacks Michelangelo's Pietà with a hammer
La Pietà by Michelangelo
Better light to better contemplate Michelangelo's sculpture “The Pietà”
Drawing Time Lapse: Sculpture (Michelangelo's "Pietà")
The Pieta is a work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. It is the first of a number of works of the same theme by the artist. The statue was commissioned for the French Cardinal Jean de Bilhères, who was a representative in Rome. The sculpture, in Carrara marble, was made for the cardinal's funeral monument, but was moved to its current location, the first chapel on the right as one enters the basilica, in the 18th century. It is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed.