SACI’s Intermediate Drawing students visited the beautiful newly expanded Grande Museo del Duomo recently with instructor John Taylor to sketch Michelangelo’s marble Pietà Bandini (c. 1547–1555, also know as The Deposition).
This version of the Pietà was named after Francesco Bandini who acquired the work after Michelangelo had attacked it in a rage. As explained by Vasari, the reasons that led Michelangelo to take this desperate act were mostly likely due to the hardness of the block of marble and its impurities, the typical artist’s dissatisfaction with his work (especially later in his life), and the nagging insistence of a servant who urged him to end the work.
Drawing by looking at 3D sculptures is like drawing from a model, an integral exercise in honing drawing techniques, and what better than to draw directly from Michelangelo’s hand at sculpture!
Located just a 5-minute walk from SACI, in the Piazza del Duomo here in Florence, this great museum complex is a unique repository of faith, history, and art, comprised of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry of San Giovanni, the Crypt of Santa Reparata and the Opera Museum. If you haven’t seen this, you haven’t seen Florence!