Original Bronze of Michelangelo's Pieta Now on Public Display at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in Little Italy

John T. Spike, Ph.D, Noted Historian of Italian Art to Speak on Michelangelo's Masterworks on September 1st

Aug 25, 2009, 06:00 ET from St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its 200th Anniversary Celebration, St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, in the SOHO / Little Italy section of New York City, is proud to announce the arrival of an original bronze cast of Michelangelo's Pieta. The public is invited to attend a special evening with Dr. John T. Spike, world renowned art historian, author, and consultant to "Celebrate Michelangelo's Pieta in Bronze" at 6:30pm on Tuesday, September 1, 2009. Free admission, open seating.

The public may also view the Pieta, seven days a week from 8:30am - 6:00pm in the Cathedral, located at the corner of Prince and Mott Streets, seven days a week from 8:30am - 6:00pm until October.

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 Pieta comes to New York City after having been on display at Syracuse University's SUArt 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 Pieta. 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."

SOURCE St. Patrick's Old Cathedral