According to Giorgio Vasari chronicles, Michelangelo’s friend Daniele da Volterra, watches him work all day on February 12, 1564 on the Rondanini Pietà. Two days later he comes down with a fever but goes for a walk in the cold night air, saying he just can’t rest. The next day he spends sitting next to the fireplace but finally must crawl into bed. He dies on February 18. Michelangelo dies just weeks before his 89th birthday at his home in Macel de’ Corvi, Rome.
Next week, on February 18, 2014, Florence presents one of the exhibitions to celebrate Michelangelo’s 450th anniversary of his death. At the Accademia Gallery works of sculptors, painters and photographers who have looked to the figure of Michelangelo and to his works as iconographic reference for their achievements: from representations in historicist key of Michelangelo and his personality, with works by Delacroix, Rodin, Baldus or Alinari, to the total visual independence achieved in the twentieth century as to create new points of view around the work of art with works by Medardo Rosso, Henri Matisse, Carlo Mollino, Emmanuel Sougez, Herbert List passing through three staged photography of Horst Frank Horvat, Youssef Nabil, Kim Ki Duk to end up in the “absence” of images by Thomas Struth and candida Hoefer.
MICHELANGELO RE-KNOWN: GETTING REACQUAINTED WITH MICHELANGELO SCULPTURE BY BUONARROTI IN PHOTOGRAPHS AND PAINTINGS FROM THE XIX CENTURY TO THE PRESENT
Galleria dell’Accademia – 18 February – 18 May 2014
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