More than four-and-a-half centuries after Michelangelo Buonarroti’s death on 18 February 1564, his art and, even more so, his life remain a source of wonder and admiration.
Everything about him seems to have been prodigious, even to his contemporaries: his precocious talent, his multidisciplinary skill as sculptor, painter, architect and poet and the superlative quality of his powerfully affecting, complex work. Still lucid and active at nearly ninety years of age, even Michelangelo’s longevity was unusual for the time. Active during the magnificent, tempestuous era of Renaissance through Florence and Rome, his exceptional talent and charisma brought Michelangelo into contact and, in some cases, close association with the most prominent political and intellectual figures of the time.
In Florence, he experienced the splendours of the age of Lorenzo the Magnificent, who had protected him since his adolescence, but also lived through the Medici family’s exile from the city. He heard the apocalyptic preaching of Savonarola and knew of his tragic end. He participated in the ascent of Rome, serving the Della Rovere pope Julius II and the Medici popes (Leo X and Clement VII), for whom he also worked at length in Florence. He lived through the drama of the Sack of Rome and the imperialist Siege of Florence, contributing, in vain, to the defense of the Tuscan city. He witnessed the rise of the authoritarian regime of the Medici dukes and chose exile in Rome. There, surrounded by dear friends, he spent the last thirty years of his life in the service of the popes, contributing to the renewed splendor of the Eternal City under Paul III and his successors, distressed by the suffering of Christianity divided by the schisms, up to the appearance of the Counter Reformation.
The exhibition focuses in particular on Michelangelo’s contact with exceptional figures, not least Giorgio Vasari, biographer of the artists, who created the myth of Michelangelo, while the artist was still alive, as a creator both wondrous and singular – in a word, “divine”.
- Thursday, July 1 from 2.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
- Friday, July 2 from 2.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday, July 3-4, from 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
We recommend a visit to the Palazzo Ducale to our visitors at Slow Fish.
Event languages: IT, EN
Piazza Matteotti, 9 - Genova (Italy)