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An Exhibition with Personal Letters and Sketches by Michelangelo

The exhibition ?The Life of Michelangelo? is now in Siena, Italy and offers the human side of the artist. Through letters, sketches or notes on their works it’s possible to learn how he worked.

Pina RagionieriDirector, Casa Buonarroti (Italy)“The documents go through the life of Michelangelo, from his early adolescence to his last letter written two months before his death, to his nephew Leonardo.”

Pietro FolenaExhibition ?The Life of Michelangelo?"It shows the life of Michelangelo through his writings, the letters he wrote and received, also his sonnets, poems composed on his own, and agreed financial contracts. We want to show a Michelangelo like a man who’s alive.”Michelangelo lived in Siena for a year and worked in the city’s cathedral. From this period we have a pre-contract signed after 1502 by Cardinal Francesco Piccolomini Tedeschini. Along with the letter there is part of the will of Cardinal Tedeschini, which contains a very special request.

Gabriele FattoriniExhibition ?The Life of Michelangelo?“Cardinal Francesco Piccolomini ordered the construction of a huge marble altar in the cathedral with a number of statues for decoration. He asked Michelangelo to make 15 statues, but he designed only four that were delivered in 1504.”

In the exhibition there are also some copies of statues from other churches in Siena created by mastery of Michelangelo.

There are also poems written by the artist, epitaphs by him and this note to his teacher Andrea Ferrucci.

Other precious elements are sketches. The most spectacular is the face of a character meant for the Sistine Chapel. Also, the silhouette of a man or these horses for the “Conversion of Saul”.

This sketch of the column of the sacristy in the cathedral of Florence is presented with notes.

An exhibition in sepia of 61 works, which takes the visitor into the innermost life of one of the most admired artists in history.

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