Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Dr. Maria Loh

Second Advisor

Dr. Hendrik Dey

Academic Program Adviser

Dr. Maria Pelizzari


The evolution of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s faith – rooted in his contemplation of salvation and his own mortality in art and the written word – is explored in this thesis via an investigation of his four surviving Pietà. Each of these artworks, like the nature of his spirituality, is considered in relation to the non-finito.



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