The House of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
MUSEUM & MONUMENT
A place of memory and celebration of the genius of Michelangelo, and set in magnificent baroque and display of rich art collections of the family, the Casa Buonarroti is one of the most unique opportunities to visit between reality Florentine museum, and offers in the first place, enjoy the thrill of two famous marble reliefs, masterpieces of early youth of Michelangelo's Madonna of the Stairs, testimony of the intense passionate study of Donatello, and the Battle of the Centaurs, a telling sign of love never faded for the classical art.
No less significant for those who walk in the door of the seventeenth-century palace is it's connection with the works of Michelangelo Buonarroti the long story of the family, who strove to expand the dwelling, to embellish, to save you valuable cultural heritage (including the major Archives and the Library), which collects rare collections of art: paintings, sculptures, ceramics, archaeological now arranged on the two floors of the museum. A specially equipped room displays a rotating collection of small groups of autograph drawings by Michelangelo home ownership, consisting of two hundred and valuable papers.
The meaning of the Casa Buonarroti is not limited, however, in the celebration of an exceptional figure like that of Michelangelo, though on him owns and exhibits works and documentations made richer by the gifts that have been added to the family fortune and pieces loaned by Florentine museums.
Between these two famous works by Michelangelo, the wooden model for the façade of San Lorenzo and the exciting River God, preparatory to a statue ever built for the New Sacristy, and the two Noli Me Tangere sixteenth century.
The idea of creating a magnificent building to the glory of the family and especially the great ancestor goes back to Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger, great man of letters and organizer of culture, starting in 1612, for about thirty years had to work within of the palace, and especially in the "Gallery" and the next three rooms, the most industrious artists then in Florence, dall'Empoli to Passignano, Artemisia Gentileschi to Pietro da Cortona, by Giovanni da San Giovanni Francesco Furini and young Jacopo Vignali.
In these sumptuous rooms Michelangelo the Younger placed the most precious pieces of his collection, many of which are still part of the museum, among them, the wooden dais with Stories of St. Nicholas, a masterpiece of John Francis, a follower of Domenico Veneziano.
“It is very impressive to be face to face with each sculpture in the exhibition. The gaze and expressions of each sculpture have been reproduced in such a faithful manner that they surprise the visitors,”
noted Pina Ragionieri, Director Casa Buonarroti
Via Ghibellina 70 50122, Florence
Hours 10:00 to 17:00 Closed Tuesdays
Easter Sunday, August 15,