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About the Legacy

Placing beacons of love and light across the world

Historically, Michelangelo said he felt the Holy Spirit guiding his hands when he created his art. Carved from a single piece of marble, Michelangelo created one of the greatest masterpieces of all time, the Pieta. A sculpture endowed with such grace and beauty that it touches the hearts of all who stand before it, compelling them to look beyond themselves, their circumstances, and simply, yet profoundly, experience the love and compassion of our Lord. Michelangelo envisioned sharing his art with the world so that all people could be blessed by it. 70 years ago, the mission to fulfill Michelangelo’s vision began.


In 1948, the first two of the twelve posthumous artist proofs of the Pieta were cast in bronze from molds meticulously derived from the original marble sculpture in order to be able to faithfully recreate in every detail, a divine replica of Michelangelo’s original masterpiece.


In 2018, Stewart Family Partners purchased the entire numbered series collection from a previous provider authorized by Casa Buonarroti (Michelangelo’s estate) and licensed by the Vatican Observatory Foundation to recreate a posthumous limited-edition collection of original reproductions of Michelangelo's sculptural works cast from full-sized molds derived from Michelangelo’s original sculptures.

The focus of the Legacy is to place Michelangelo's pieces (especially the Pietà) in churches or locations around the world as beacons of light and love for all who experience these incredible masterpieces.


Together, we can make the Michelangelo Legacy touch the world with love and beauty, we can leave a lasting legacy for generations to come, and all of us can become part of history.


Edward N. Okil

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