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St. Mary's of the Lake Parish

Lakewood, Crooked Lake, and Silver Cliff, Wisconsin

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St. Mary's of the Lake Parish is fortunate to own one of a small number of authorized replicas of Michelangelo's 'La Pieta'



About the Pieta

The Pietà (1499)
is a
masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by the renowned artist Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. It is the first of a number of works of the same

theme by the artist. The statue was ommissioned for the French cardinalJean de Billheres, who was a representative in Rome. The statue was made for the cardinal's funeral monument, but was moved to its current location, the first chapel on the right as one enters the basilica, in the 18th century.


This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. The theme is of Northern origin, popular by that time in France but not yet in Italy. Michelangelo's interpretation of the Pietà is unique to the precedents. It is an important work as it balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism. The statue is one of the most highly finished works by Michelangelo.

Where are the Authorized Replicas?

Church of Our Lady of Sorrowsin Poznań, Poland


La Piedad Chapel, Lampa, Peru 


St. John's Cathedral, Korea (Bundang)


The Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasília, Brazil.


St. Mary's Parish, Spring Lake, MI


St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Lakewood, WI


St Mary's Cathedral, SydneyAustralia


Cathedral of Our Lady of Refuge, Matamoros, Mexico


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, MO


Minor Basilica of the Immaculate ConceptionManila Metropolitan Cathedral, The Philippines


Basilique Ste-Anne de Beaupre Quebec City, Canada


Holy Family Church Green, Concord, MA


Christ United Methodist Church Salt Lake City, UT