SPECIAL SECTIONSWS Florence ARTMICHELANGELO BUONARROTI
SPECIAL SECTION: MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI – THE PAINFUL RAPTURE OF ART
RISE OF THE GENIUS: PIETA AND DAVID +
At the age of 26, Michelangelo had already created two of the most intricate and exemplary pieces of sculpture ever produced. These two statues become the epitomes of humanistic ideal and form, harmony between mind and body – a solemn praise of the ancient Greek idea of Kalokagathia.
DEVOTED TO PERFECTION: SISTINE CHAPEL +
Michelangelo spent around eleven years in total to complete the painting of the Sistine Chapel – four years for the ceiling and seven years for the Last Judgement, which became the most emblematic representation of the famous scene from the Book of Revelation. The frescoes consist of more than three hundred figures and render elaborate interpretations of famous scenes from the Holy Bible.
BEYOND THE ARTIST: ARCHITECTURE AND POEMS +
As many other intellectuals from the epoch, Michelangelo was a polymath and practices various forms of Art. He dedicated his last years mostly to architectural projects and poetry. He re-designed the famous Capitoline Square and worked, until the end of his life, on the dome of the St. Peter’s Basilica. Concurrently, he wrote more than three hundred poems, mainly sonnets and madrigals.