Michelangelo

What Wondrous Love Is This?

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Michelangelo

Something for the weekend.  What Wondrous Love Is This?  As we begin the Lenten system this video that melds together the hymn and Michelangelo’s Pieta strikes me as a good starting point.  I have always loved this sculpture.  Michelangelo I think wanted his Pieta to reflect the great victory gained by the Cross and not the torture that gaining the victory cost Christ.  The body of Jesus is shown as only slightly marred by the Crucifixion, and the Virgin is shown as youthful and beautiful, no doubt as she was at the birth of Christ.  The sculpture is doubtless false to history but true to the spiritual essence of what had just been accomplished:  victory over sin, over death and over the Fall.  May the joy that suffuses the Pieta be with all of us during Lent.

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