TRAVELLING WITH THE PIETA' (Michelangelo's Pieta)

Orazio La Rocca

TRAVELLING WITH THE PIETA' (Michelangelo's Pieta)

1st edition February 2024
Size 14 x 21 cm

Also available in eBook format

Number of pages 240
CDU 95A 275
ISBN/EAN 9788892243767

The book recounts the incredible but also criticised journey of Michelangelo's Pieta from St. Peter's Basilica to New York for the 1964 World's Fair in a gripping manner. It all begins on 4 April, the day on which the sculpture, for the first and only time, leaves the Vatican and is loaded onto a truck for Naples, where it will arrive after about twelve hours of travel in low gear. Awaiting the precious cargo along the quay of the port is the Cristoforo Colombo, on whose deck the case with the Pietà will be placed in the open and secured in such a way that it can withstand any stress and will be viewed throughout the crossing. After about eight days of navigation, the Pieta arrived in New York, where it was placed in the Holy See Pavilion of the 1964 World's Fair, which was to be visited by more than 27 million people literally fascinated by Michelangelo's work until the following October. Through the voices of yesterday's and today's witnesses, Orazio La Rocca makes us relive, with a certain trepidation, the preparations for the voyage, the daring transatlantic crossing, the media clamour aroused by the initiative, the nostalgia for the absence from St. Peter's of that beloved sculpture and finally, after nineteen months, its happy return to the Vatican.

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