It is hard to believe that the first Pieta and the Florentine Pieta was sculpted by the same sculptor, Michelangelo. Michelangelo sculpted the second Florentine Pieta fifty years after the Roman Pieta. It is thought that the Florentine Pieta was intended for his tomb, it took Michelangelo ten years, he started the Florentine Pieta at the age of seventy-three. To appreciate the differences of the two Pieta's, one should have the Roman and Florentine versions, side by side. These sculptures are imported from Italy and regular shipping transport can vary to 2- 6 months for delivery, this does come by ship. If needed for a desired date or faster delivery, please call our customer service for airfreight shipping cost for faster delivery toll free at 1-877-675-2634. Statue.com looks forward to your inquires and will be happy to give shipping quotes for air freight.