CYCLE: Highlights. Paintings and sculptures of Palazzo Venezia
SPEAKER: Riccardo Naldi
DATE: Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 6 pm
LOCATION: Sala del Refettorio
Michele da Firenze, a student of Lorenzo Ghiberti in the early fifteenth century, was the first Italian sculptor to devote himself exclusively to terracotta, an art that was living an authentic rebirth. Working in many Italian centers, Michele created all kinds of clay works: polyptychs, sepulchres and monumental groups, but also a large number of tabernacles intended for domestic use, such as the one kept in the Palazzo Venezia Museum. The reduced costs of the raw material had decisive consequences in the diffusion of sculpture in the houses of the fifteenth century: within a few years the Madonnas with the Child by Michele da Firenze, Donatello or Luca della Robbia, with their affectionate naturalness, replaced the fourteenth-century traditional panel paintings.