23rd May 2024

Care to know the vandal who damaged Michelangelo’s Pieta?


Michelangelo’s Pieta is in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. Pieta is the sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding the lifeless body of Jesus on her lap. In 1499 Michelangelo carved Pieta when he was 24 years old, and it is the only one he ever signed. On 21 May 1972 Laszlo Toth, a Hungarian-born Australian Geologist, attacked it with a hammer shouting: ‘I am Jesus Christ!’ With several blows, he removed the Virgin’s arm at the elbow, knocked off a chunk of her nose, and chipped one of her eyelids.

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