basilica of st peter

Michelangelo (1475-1464)
“Pietà” (1499)
Carrara Marble
High Renaissance
Located in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

This is the only art piece by Michelangelo that he ever signed.

Although the letters lining the dome look small in this picture, they are actually 2 meters tall (6′6″). It says in Latin “you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven…

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City