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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 22, 2011 by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. THE PIETY, OF ST. PETER'S Good Friday is observed in commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus. It is believed to have originally been called "God's Friday." Synonymous with this holy season are the many painted and sculptured scenes of piety. This name can be defined as a pious act, a pious statement, or a pious thing. I doubt the existence in this world today, of one Christian who is capable of a rational thought, or who possesses even a minimum degree of intelligence, who hasn't developed his own mental image of the tragedy that was the crucifixion. There are also those more fortunate individuals," who preordained as it must have been, had the God given talent to transform this mental image into some tangible form like a beauti- ful painting or statue. Some of these important and tal- ented creators of the past were Bartholommeo, Bellini, Francia, Perugino, Raphael, Montaulti, Titian, and of course Buonarroti, who is more popularly known as Michelangelo. The full name of this last creator was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti-Simoni, Florentine, born in Caprice, Tuscany, in 1475 at the height of the great Italian sculptured four of them. At the age of twenty-three he did his first and most famous Pieta' which is now in the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. At the age of seventy-three he did the "Deposition from the Cross" which is now in the Cathedral of Florence. At the age of seventy-four he did the ,Palestrina Pieta" which is now in the Accademia in Florence, and at the age of eighty-one he did the "Rondanini Pieta" which was the last sculptur- ing done before his death. It is now in the Sforza Castle in Milan. The masterpiece at St. Peter's is by far the most famous of all sculptured Pieta. The scene, as we all know, represents the Virgin Mother grieving over the body of Jesus immedi- ately after the crucifixion. When viewing this Pieta" one should bear in mind P, enalssanee, l eople seem :ha+ f w, if any, ofh+r eulp- to relate him with one Pieta' tors of the past had ever or La Pieta' when in fact he attempted to put two life- Sal LaMattina & Family Boston City Councilor - District 1 Congressman MIKE CAPUANO sized figures in one compo- sition, and to place a full grown man on the lap of a woman was unheard of. The Bible tells us that other characters were present, but Michelangelo's intent in this creation appears to have been to capture that one brief moment when Mary might have been alone with Jesus, and not to crowd the scene with the other mourners. Every part and position of the Virgin reflects the deepest sorrow, and of course every part and position of Christ speaks of death. They both knew that one day this moment would come; his thirty-three year journey on earth was ended and once again he was on this mother's lap. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and in my eyes she represents not only beauty but the loneliest person that the good Lord has ever placed upon the face of this earth, while Michelangelo Buonar- roti represents the most talented sculptor that ever walked upon the face of this same earth. NEXT WEEK: Claudius' Patronage Happ_v Easter i EAST BOSTON ADULT ED. CENTER 119 London Street East Boston, MA 02128 (617) 567-7873 Prof. A vellani, Director English, GEl) Classes, US Immigration Services, Computer 1, Typing 1, College Placement, CDL Prep Apartment Placement Notary Public, Citizenship Classes Wonderlic Tests, U.S. Citizenship Tests, Languages East Boston Chamber of Commerce Helping local busyness to do business 175 McClellan Highway East Boston, MA 02128 Tel. 617.569.5000 Fax 617.569.1945 Website: Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina presented Mary Ricci with a citation celebrating her 100th birthday on Sunday, April 10th, at Spinelli's in East Boston. Her many friends and family participated in the festivities. 20% off boys and girls stride rite easter sandals easter socks shoes light up sneakers in char e wn ' rain coats baby and toddler technology supports proper foot development in pre-walkers and new walkers visit for more information we're at School & Main Streets next to TuttlCa uona Pasqua AARON