Born in Montevideo in 1954, sculptor Pablo Atchugarry discovered marble—particularly Carrara and pink Portugal marble—in
1979, around the same time he settled in Italy. He finished his first marble
sculpture in 1982, then began work on La Pietà, a massive sculpture
carved from a single marble block weighing 12 metric tons. The concept seemed
like a classic choice: Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Christ. But Atchugarry’s version was
innovative, his figures angular, the emotions primal.