All know (and admire)
Michelangelo's early and justly
famous masterpiece in the Vatican. If going to Italy
and the hilltowns of Umbria, however, be sure to visit Orvieto
to see this astoundingly beautiful Pieta by Ippolito Scalza (1574).
It was so striking that I've included two additional views on
succeeding pages. (And -- shades of The Da Vinci Code --
note the weeping Mary Magdalene at lower right).