54. Is Mary too young? Historically, she was around 45-50 years old when Jesus died. Michelangelo said he made her youthful deliberately because the effects of time could not mar the virginal features of this, the most blessed of women. He also said that he was thinking of his own mother's face, he was only five when she died: the mother's face is a symbol of eternal youth.
55. It is the only piece of art he ever signed: MICHAELA[N]GELUS BONAROTUS FLORENTIN[US] FACIEBA[T] (Michelangelo Buonarroti, Florentine, made this)