FREE ITALIAN ART SEMINAR
MICHELANGELO, The ART, The AFFECTIONS.
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"MICHELANGELO, The ART, The AFFECTIONS"
A Lecture by Pina RAGIONIERI
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2013 @ 7:00PM
(Doors open @ 6:30PM - Close @ 7:00PM)
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ABOUT the LECTURE
MICHELANGELO - The Holy Family with the infant
St. John the Baptist (c. 1503) - Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze
A lightness full of pathos characterizes this unusual biography made of glimpses and flashes of inspiration of MICHELANGELO Buonarroti, told by the guardian Pina Ragionieri of his family home in Florence’s Via Ghibellina.
Pina Ragionieri goes on the trail of the life of this great genius of boundless humanity, with a light step and thoughtful attention to the documents. By carefully selecting the essential moments of an incomparable career, she discretely looks beyond the threshold of Michelangelo’s private life with demure emotion, and allows the eyesight to touch the passions, seize the vulnerability and reflect the psychological fragility of the artist.
Pina Ragionieri’s narrative is interspersed with excerpts from Michelangelo’s letters, glimpses of a daily diary of sort, where the arduous efforts of the sculptor-painter freely flow, rhymes that seal an intense and almost unspeakable existential suffering in a sacral hermeticism. All this gives us a Michelangelo seen up close in an enigmatic symbiosis, where the interpreter’s affections and memories effortlessly blend with the artist’s life.