Florence, the Renaissance city
The Deposition or Florence Pietà, a marble sculpture by Michelangelo, initially made between 1550 and 1553 to decorate his own tomb in Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. He gave it away because of an impurity in the marble and eventually his apprentice Tiberio Calcagni finished it. The sculpture depicts four figures - the dead body of Jesus Christ, newly taken down from the Cross, Nicodemus (whose face is a self-portrait of Michelangelo), Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary. It is housed in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Florence.