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Daniele da Volterra

amico di Michelangelo

V. Romani

 
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edited by V. Romani

exhibition catalogue: Florence, Casa Buonarroti, 30 September 2003-12 January 2004

publication year: 2003
paperback with flaps
245x290 mm; 200 pp.
158 colour and b&w illustrations

88-7461-019-X Italian

“In June 1544 Pietro Aretino, in one of the interested expressions of homage of which he was a master, had claimed ‘familiarity with Michelangelo’ to be ‘a gift of God’. Daniele had known that gift, by no means an easy one to accept or live with, and had brought it back to earth. This is what can be read between the lines of the beautiful letter that Daniele wrote to Giorgio Vasari some time after the death of his master, on 17 March 1564 … Michelangelo’s death was something to be expected, yet Daniele admits to surprise and shock for the intensity of pain caused by the loss of ‘so much counsel and sweetness at the same time’, and refers to Michelangelo as ‘so great a master, and father’, words that perfectly reflect the spirit with which he had spent almost twenty years in the company of a myth.”
Thus ends the lenghty and intense introductory essay by Vittoria Romani, where the art historian surveys Daniele’s life and works, from his early collaboration with Perino del Vaga through to his subsequent, more challenging commissions, the course of which can be traced through sketches and drawings of great sophistication, and, finally – once again following in Michelangelo’s footsteps – the resolution developed in his later years to devote himself to sculpture.
This exhibition (Florence, Casa Buonarroti, 30 September 2003-12 January 2004) brings together for the first time paintings, sculptures and drawings from museums, galleries and collections all over the world: lenders include the Uffizi Gallery and the Bargello National Museum, the Albertina Grafische Sammlung, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Teylers Museum (Haarlem), the Louvre, the Musée Jacquemart-André and the British Museum. The 55 items on display are discussed and analyzed in detail by Barbara Agosti, Anna Bisceglia, Alessandro Cecchi, Ippolita di Majo, Elena Lombardi, Marcella Marongiu, Vittoria Romani, Andrea Zezza. The volume also includes a detailed biography of the artist and an exhaustive bibliography updated up to 2003.