A voyage of discovery into Michelangelo’s youth.
Duration: 3 hrs
Sites visited: Casa Buonarroti, Museo del Bargello*
Price for 1-4pax: €225
Additional price for headsets from 5-10 pax: €30
*Entry fees: not included
The Young Michelangelo
The artist is known simply as Michelangelo did have the last name and it was Buonarroti. Casa Buonarroti is one of the many properties that he had acquired in Florence. It was lived in by generations of his family into the 1800s who conserved the works of Michelangelo and celebrated the life of the artist in the various chambers of the palace.
The Bargello was established in the 13th century to house the Podestà, the Chief Magistrate of Florence. In the 16th century, it also became the palace of the head of police and used as a prison into the 1700s. In 1865, it was transformed into a museum and is now where we find some of Michelangelo’s lesser-known but equally fascinating sculptures.
An essential segment in the legacy of the “Divine” Michelangelo, is Casa Buonarroti, and its collection of surprising treasures, terracotta models, sketches and studies by Michelangelo. One of his earliest works, the extraordinary Centauromacchia, a dynamic and vibrant relief in marble expressing an aggressive and crowded battle of male nude figures, he created when he was just 17.
The Bargello, initially a prison and police headquarters allows us to step further back in time. We can trace the steps of Florentine precursors of Michelangelo, artists that like him pushed the boundaries of technique and convention such as Brunelleschi’s bronze relief created in 1401 for the competition for Baptistry doors and Donatello’s two sculptures of David and Saint George.
We also see more sculptures by Michelangelo which give us an insight into the artist’s quest for balance, as seen in the Bacchus, his mastery of texture and layers pervasive in the Pitti Tondo, and the rising artist’s depth reflected in the silent and enigmatic gaze of the Brutus.