Works by Michelangelo Part of Florida Vatican Exhibit at Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL.- A small marble relief of Jesus Christ flanked by two angels and being held up by Mary was one of the last pieces that Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo ever created. This marble work is displayed next to a cast of one of his other great works, The Pieta, depicting Christ in his mother’s arms after his crucifixion. They are part of about 170 works on display as part of the exhibit “Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art,” which opened Saturday at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. It is the exhibit’s last stop on a three-city tour in the United States. After it ends April 24, the pieces go back to the Vatican and will not be on display. Many of these pieces will never be shown in the U.S. again. “No work is more important or less important. They are sort of like the tiles of a mosaic, each one contributes to the larger image,” Monsignor Roberto Zagnoli, the curator of the show, said through