The Pietà Chapel is the first chapel that you will see once inside Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano. It is famous for displaying the sculpture "Pietà" by a young Michelangelo, representing the Holy Mary holding the corpse of her son. At that time, the artist was criticised by his contemporaries because the Madonna looks too young but Michelangelo replied that chastity and sanctity can preserve youth. This is the only work signed by Michelangelo who, one night, carved his name on the belt of the Holy Virgin's dress, annoyed by the rumours claiming that the sculpture had to be attributed to an artist coming from Lombardy region.
Basilica of San Pietro in Vaticano – Pietà Vaticana
Palazzo della Canonica, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City