Replica of Michelangelo's Pieta (MO 63.6096)

Replica of the Pieta

Artist unknown

Dimensions: Overall: 28 x 28 x 15 in., 800.01 lb. (71.1 x 71.1 x 38.1 cm, 362.9 kg)

Materials: marble

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 John F. Kennedy's state visit to Italy on July 2, 1963.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA; accession number MO 63.6096