Stone and Picture

In the Pieta, Michelangelo finally solved the problem of depicting a full grown man held decorously in the arms of a woman.

The judges at the World Press Photo of the Year 2011 recognize its enduring appeal, even if they see Michelangelo’s sculpture subconsciously. The collapse of a man on the arms of a woman is hard to see chiseled in stone; equally hard to photograph in Yemen’s interiors.

 

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