Replica of Michelangelo's Pieta

MO 63.6096
Replica of Michelangelo's Pieta
Maker unknown
ca. 1960
28" x 28" x 15"
Carved replica of the Pieta, very similar to Michelangelo's original in overall composition and detail, depicting the dead body of Jesus in the arms of his mother Mary, after his crucifixion. Jesus bears the wounds of crucifixion on his rib cage and feet. The base is inscribed in Latin: "PAULUS VI P.M. IOANNI F. KENNEDY POSTR. KAL. IUL. A. MCMLXIII." (Pope Paul the VI Pontificus Maximus for John F. Kennedy on the day following the 1st of July 1963).
This replica was received in Rome during President Kennedy's state visit to Italy.
Pope Paul VI, Pope (1963-1978)
  • JFKPOF-032-001
  • JFKPOF-109-002
  • JFKPOF-130-006
  • JFKWHP-1963-07-02-A
National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. John F. Kennedy Library. (04/01/1985- )
Donated to the United States