Getting Reacquainted with Michelangelo: Sculpture by Buonarroti in Photographs and Paintings from the XIX Century to the Present
To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo Buonarroti, the Galleria dell’Accademia of Florence and Fratelli Alinari I.D.E.A. S.p.A. have collaborated to present an exhibition that validates the complex theme of the renewed interest and admiration for Michelangelo from the 19th century until today. The exhibition highlights the work of sculptors, painters and photographers who have looked to the figure of Buonarroti and his work as the iconographic point of reference in their own work.
The exhibition seeks to highlight the decisive role photography has played in consolidating the critical and iconographic successes of Michelangelo and, as a consequence, the celebration of his myth. Photography has played, since its very origins, an important role in celebrating one of the most renown artists of the Italian Renaissance, with a selection of images of his timeless sculptures as monuments of the collective memory.
The exhibition features works by Eugène Delacroix and Auguste Rodin, as well as other authors who worked with the then-new photographic medium from its very beginning, including the early work of Eugène Piot, Édouard-Denis Baldus, the Alinari brothers, and John Brampton Philpot, to name only a few. By approaching the content from a contemporary view through the work of other artists, the exhibition analyzes how the photograph was used for documentation, but also as an interpretation tool creating new view points.
Michelangelo’s mastery has been recognized for centuries and can be seen here in the work of 20th-century artists such as Henri Matisse, Carlo Mollino, as well as in the more recent photographic studies from Herbert List, Horst P. Horst, Helmut Newton, Frank Horvat, Youssef Nabil, and many more.
Want more Michelangelo? Through April, the Museo Casa Vasari in Arezzo has the exhibition The Relationship Between Michelangelo and Vasari in his Letters and Drawings, while the Casa Buonarroti in Florence will host two exhibitions about this great artist, The Power of Myth – The Plans for the Facade of San Lorenzo in Florence 1900-1905 (March 18 – June 2, 2014) and Michelangelo and the Twentieth Century (June 18 – October 20, 2014).
February 18 – May 18, 2014
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