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This sculptural work was the last work of the master. Almost until his death, he actively worked on its creation. The composition is two-figured. We see Mary and Christ merged into one. The proportions of the figures are deliberately lengthened. The impression of their fragility and weightlessness. Involuntarily recall the statues of antiquity. The idea of this work is really tragic. Man is lonely and doomed.
All forms are broken. Sorrow can be seen on the faces. Heroes are completely estranged from life. The master tried to express the tragedy of loneliness. The work is incomplete. And this fact is perceived as a special idea of the author. The severity of experience can express only this form.
Michelangelo sought to convey the unity of the Son and Mother. They are united in one mass, striking us with pathos and tragedy. The body is emaciated, so there is no hope that it will return to life. The mother is trying with apparent effort to hold the body of her beloved son.
The viewer is completely impressed that these mournful figures are already completely ethereal. They are incredibly expressive. They embody complete despair. They are lost in the big world. Mother is unable even now to part with her son. We do not hear her crying, screaming horror, we do not see a broken arm. Sorrow impresses with silence.
Michelangelo was able to convey his own feelings in such a spiritualized way. He knew firsthand what loneliness was. In this work, you can read the farewell of the master to life.
Michelangelo originally wanted to portray Christ with his arms spread wide. But in the process of work, and this is no coincidence, he radically changed his plan. Christ's hands are tightly pressed. There is no external connection between mother and son. Their inseparability. Matter seems to dissolve in the spiritual.
Three Graces Raphael