Michelangelo's Pietà comes to life in Spain
On display in a Cathedral in Spain is the most accurate replica of Michelangelo's Pietà. This sculpture was almost completely destroyed in the Spanish Civil War, but it has been given a new lease on life due to “videomapping” developed by Artisplendore.
They use a combination of lights and sounds to bring the work to life.
When you are in front of the statue, with the images projected onto it, you are directly experiencing what it reveals.
Without speaking a single word, it communicates many concepts of the Pietà.
The origin of this copy is unknown. In 1931, the piece was found by a Spanish Consul who was attending Bolonia's sculpture competition. Since the consul's mother, Piedad, had recently passed away, he bought Michelangelo's replica to preside over her burial chapel in Spain.
The red and blue of the Virgin, the red of the passion and obviously the flesh color of the son.
Then, you see the Pietà with color, and more importantly, the heartbeat of the mother brings life to her son.
For Moya, this type of project is an example of how to attract new audiences to sacred art.
I believe that it is essential to use modern communication methods to appeal to the audience of today, and not the society of 50, 80 or 200 years ago.
There are over 80 replicas of the Pietà around the world, with the original in Saint Peter's Basilica. However, the only one that comes to life, even for just five minutes, is in Spain.