Though the Vatican tour was crowded and far too quick two great works by Machelangel made it all worthwhile.
Michelangelo complained when the Pope wanted him to paint the ceiling of the chapel that he was a sculptor not a painter. On our tour we saw the best of both mediums displayed. The colors on the Sistine Chapel ceiling were astounding and the forms filled with flawless grace and a grand humanity. The views made the difficulties of the tour worthwhile.
However at the very end of our tour of the Vatican, off to one side in St Peter’s was this amazing sculpture by Michelangelo. The Pieta of course. It took a 24 year old Michelangelo less than 2 years to sculp this from a single block of marble.
I couldn’t stop looking at it and I had to go back a couple of times before I could photograph it. It sweeps one up in a very emotional state. So sad and yet is it full of light. I was in a tearful state most of the time I was near it.
This one piece was worth the entire trip to Rome. The photo is only a flat shadow of the experience itself.