Florence: Michelangelo’s Week 2016

Even this year we preset the recurring artistic event, sponsored by the City of Florence, organized by Mus.e in collaboration with Laurentian Opera and the Basilica of San Lorenzo, to celebrate the great Tuscan artist – running from July 14 to 21.

Piazza della Signoria - Photo by A. Giannini
Piazza della Signoria – Photo by A. Giannini

In Europe, July 14 is remembered by many for the taking of the Bastille in 1789 during the French Revolution, however, in Florence is Michelangelo’s Day. The famous Tuscan artist died in February 1564 in Rome, where he had permanently lived the last 30 years of his life serving the Papacy; his remains reached Florence only the following month and finally, on 14 July 1564, Michelangelo’s funeral Mass was lavishly celebrated in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence.

For the past few years, the city that saw this incredible genius grow and take his first steps into the art’s world, is home to a whole week of events, conferences, awards and shows enhanced by artists, writers, and both Italian and foreign scholars. The Michelangelo’s Week 2016 will take place July 14 to the 21, and will be inaugurated on July 14 at the Basilica of San Lorenzo.

David - Photo by A. Giannini
David – Photo by A. Giannini

There is room for all forms of art during the event.


Among the most interesting initiatives, we point out: the Art Camper, a traveling vehicle that every night after the 21st will stop at several places of interest in Florence. And the “Tales, Myths & Secrets” project where four writers will be challenged to create as many short stories themed around Michelangelo.


You can admire the exclusive copies of sculptural masterpieces of the master, performed by young artists, such as the 1: 1 copy of David, and a copy of the Vatican Pietà, inside the Basilica of San Lorenzo.


On July 19, the show Spiritual Guards. Michelangelo, Blake, Fabre will be staged in the Sala d’Arme in Palazzo Vecchio with readings by actor Alessandro Haber and music by Riccardo Sandiford at the piano.

Here is the program in detail.

And if you are in Florence during the summer you can not help but notice the imposing sculpture by Jan Fabre, of the eponymous exhibition Spiritual Guards, which runs between Fort Belvedere, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. On display until October 2, 2016.

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