31 Maggio 2017 · 6569 Views

Michelangelo and portrait on the facade of Palazzo Vecchio

Michelangelo and portrait on the facade of Palazzo Vecchio
 
Florentine tradition tells us two different versions about a portrait carved on the right side of the facade of Palazzo Vecchio. I am going to write you both of them, tell me which one you prefer!

Version number one: 
A man was used to annoy Michelangelo with boring and recurring stories. One day the artist had chisel and hammer with him: while he was listening to the man he didn't waste time and he made his portrait with his hands behind his back! 

Version number two:
A condemned passed in front of Palazzo Vecchio directed to the gallows. Michelangelo assisted the scene: he observed the face of a man who was going to die and he had only a few minutes to reproduce it! He had no paper with him so he sculpted the expression of the man on the wall, that's why the portrait isn't rich in details but very simple and essential. The incredible talent of the master appears even if he had only hammer and chisel with him. Look at the photo below: the outlines of the man are very clear and recognisable!

What do you think? Do you believe Michelangelo have ever spent his time in a similar way? We don't know but....have a look at the facade of the palace when you come to Florence!

 

History


What are these two men observing in Piazza Duomo?


Even the genius Leonardo studied it and reproduced wooden models of the machines Brunelleschi employed to move the material he needed!

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Pretorio Palace


The restoration works conducted in 2020-2021

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Do you know a secret passage?


In 1877 the secret passage was accessible: four thousands and five hundreds of people crossed it paying twenty-five cents each one!

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Michelangelo and the secret room in the New Sacristy


The artist drew even his self-portrait depicting the attitude of an imprisoned man.

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