The Pietà (1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, displayed in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. Michelangelo's interpretation of the Pietà is unique to the precedents. It is an important work as it balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism. The statue is one of the most highly finished works by Michelangelo, and one of the most recognised and revered works of art in the Christian faith.