Chapel of the Pietà. So called from the celebrated marble group of the youth of Michelangelo, one of the earliest works of the great sculptor, executed by him in 1499 at the age of twenty-four. In the band crossing the breast of the Madonna is carved the name of the artist; this group in the only work signed by Michelangelo. It represent Christ, taken down from the keens of the Virgin Mary. When objections were made to the artist that the Madonna was too young he used to answer that purity in always young. Michelangelo speaking of this group with his disciple Condivi, told him that he had tried to impress on the Madonna’s face, biside a dignified sorrow, the certainty of the resurrection of her Son. The column on the right of the chapel, surrounded by a railing is said to be a relic from the temple of Salomon in Jerusalem, but in reality it is one of the twelve columns which decorated the “Pergula” of the ancient Basilica. Rome official guided tours of the Coliseum, Vatican City.