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Sketches of Michelangelo on exhibit in Rome for the first time in 500 years

After hundreds of years of hiding in the shadows, two sketches of Michelangelo are seeing the light of day. The two drawings of the most symbolic artist of the Renaissance were rediscovered during the remodeling of the Casa Buonarotti in Florence. CLAUDIO PARISE Capitoline Museum (Rome) "Michelangelo is at home at the Campidoglio because he worked on the remodeling of its Capitoline Square for thirty years. The two drawings that are on display reveal something which we did not know about the way in which he thought up the pieces of art we see nowadays.â?    It is the first time that these sketches have ever been put on display in a museum. The opening of the exhibition was so important, that even the mayor of Rome did not want to miss it. The most curious thing about these recently discovered works created by the great Florentine master in 1530, is the way in which they were found.  CLAUDIO PARISE  Capitoline Museum (Rome) "The works were stuck to the top of a box, which, once it was moved, revealed the presence of one of the two drawings. No one was previously aware of these works, which will surely interest scholars and visitors alike who appreciate the art of Michelangelo.â? The manner in which the drawings have been displayed in the Capitoline Museum makes it possible for visitors to appreciate the advanced three; dimensional techniques of Michelangelo on both sides of the folio.  CLAUDIO PARISE  Capitoline Museum (Rome) "An image on which he substantially focused his attention was the moment when Abraham looks  at the angel, who is sent to save his son Isaac. He was inspired by a representation he knew in the Baptistery of Florence, created by Brunelleschi.â? What is clear is that more than 500 years since these unique sketches were created, Michelangelo unintentionally has captured the attention of audiences around the world, in the same unique way that he does with each of his great works of art.  AQ-RSW RR - -PR Up: JMB