In addition to the family archives, the Casa Buonarroti foundation also holds the world's largest collection of graphic works by Michelangelo: a priceless collection that, ranging from anatomy to architecture, bears witness to the fundamental role that drawing played in the artistic development of the Renaissance master.
The book Michelangelo. Disegni da Casa Buonarroti presents a selection of these works - usually not on public display - which allow us to observe Michelangelo in his most varied aspects. In an unpublished essay, the director of Casa Buonarroti, Alessandro Cecchi, recounts the origins of the foundation and the historical events that have shaped the current state of the collection, and suggests a journey through the selected works by Michelangelo. The importance of anatomy is evident in the figure drawings, which also include some studies for the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, while architectural studies reveal the plastic reinterpretation of classical elements at the base of Michelangelo's conception.
The book, with an introduction by Ginevra Elkann and Marcella Pralormo, is published to mark the exhibition Michelangelo. Disegni da Casa Buonarroti, curated by Alessandro Cecchi, to be held at the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli from 4 April to 21 July. The event is part of the celebrations to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo.