Original Bronze of Michelangelo’s Pietá
Now on public display seven days a week from
8:30 am – 6:00 pm until October at
St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
The public is invited to join us at the Cathedral on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm for an evening with Dr. John T. Spike, world renowned art historian, author, and consultant, specializing in the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods, to:
“Celebrate Michelangelo’s Pietá in Bronze”
This rare piece, one of only nine casts commissioned by the Vatican in 1932 for creation by the Marinelli Foundry of Florence, Italy, is an exact cast of Michelangelo’s original marble sculpture on display in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
Cast from the official plaster molds of Michelangelo’s sculpture, it captures every detail created by the artist’s hand. Unique to this display is the unprecedented access the viewer is afforded to study the work. While the original sculpture in the Vatican is protected behind glass, this piece may be viewed from every angle and without barriers.
Through the generosity of an anonymous private collector, and in honor of the Cathedral’s 200th Anniversary Celebration, the Pietá comes to New York City after having been on display at Syracuse University’s SU Art Gallery.
Chuck Huller, member of the parish’s 200th Anniversary Celebration Committee, shared the private collector’s reason to display the piece at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral:
“The owner was looking to share with the world, and New York City in particular, an up-close experience with Michelangelo the artist, and with his masterful Pietá . In St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral we have found a young and diverse community experiencing a rebirth, a “renaissance” so to speak, of spiritual and cultural vitality. The stunning architecture of the church, the historic importance of the parish, and above all, the artistic and spiritual sensitivity of its growing young adult membership is a combination that would make Michelangelo proud.”
During the next six years, St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral will continue to celebrate historic milestones of our ministry of worship and service to the community.
The first celebration, held on June 7, 2009, commemorated the laying of the cornerstone in 1809, and included a celebratory Mass with Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, a parade, music performances, historic displays and an array of culinary delights from area restaurants.
A highlight of the parade was the reenactment of New York State’s legendary 69th Regiment militia marching in front of the Cathedral on their way to the battlefields of the Civil War on April 23, 1861.
We welcome your support, donations and active participation as we continue our six year 200th Anniversary Celebration. Join us in . . .
“Embracing the Future As We Celebrate Our Past.”