The cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna

(on michelangelo's footsteps)

Florence is the cradle city of Reneissance, Rinascimento in Italian, a word that has a wishful meaning: rebith, flowering. Many of the tourists I have been walking around with in the city, tell me "I can't imagine I am walking on Michelangelo's footsteps". Yes sometimes I do have the same sensation, just looking around the city you can even imagine that was a kind of center of the world from an artistic, scientific, economical....point of view.

In the center of the city there is Palazzo Strozzi, the building that was the seat of the historical florentine family until 1937.  This building is the typical example of the Renessaince architecture, sober, proportioned and linear. It faces on Via Tornabuoni and when you find yourself close by, just enter the courtyard to admire its elengance.

Today the Strozzi building is the seat of a private-public foundation that organizes temporary exhibitions, concerts, art events. And the foundation hosts until 21st January 2018 a stunning exhibition dedicated to this oustanding art scene marked by artists such Michelangelo, Rosso Fiorentino, Andrea del Sarto or Pontormo....So the exhibition has been called "The cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna.





This exhibitions is an example of synergies between different museums and the Strozzi foundations. Some of the most important florentine museums have borrowed some of their masterpieces  to create this artistic itinerary as you can seen starting from the beginning.

Michelangelo and its "River God", that Michelangelo thought to be placed in the New Sacresty of San Lorenzo and which is now in Casa Buonarroti museum welcomes us, just underlining is someway that Michelangelo is the master that changed the way to describe reality.

At its back you can admire the "Compianto su Cristo morto" (Lamentation over the Dead Christ), a powerful consideration on the Eucharist that is normally admired in Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti).

The symbol of this exhibition is Pontormo "Deposition" that is hosted in Santa Felicita Church in Florence.This altarpiece decores the Capponi's Chapel ; it portraits the moment when Saint Mary is separated from her Son, The thing I admire the most in this emotional stong moment is  the use of the colours, delicate but powerful!

So take the occasion to explore this moment of the florentine art evolution. This is the link to Palazzo Strozzi Foundation Palazzo