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Casa Buonarroti Museum
Casa Buonarroti Museum

Discovering the Casa Buonarroti Museum in Florence

Florence offers many opportunities to expand the knowledge of the city and the history of Italian art, in a non-touristic or schematic way, both to the curious visitor and the expert one.

Little museums offer, in this sense, the chance to break the mould, increasing a particular aspect or a singular artistic personality, out of the traditional museum itineraries suggested by the institutions for which the city is rightly famous.

Who spends a holiday in Florence staying in a Hotel situated in a good position can, if the sojourn isn’t too much short, broaden his knowledge of the city studying an itinerary in different museums which too often are overshadowed by the universal fame of the Uffizi gallery or the Pitti Palace.

One of these institutions is certainly the Casa Buonarroti Museum which, though rather well-known, doesn’t receive the attention that, on the other hand, it deserves from the tourism.

The importance of this little museum is outstanding, if for no other reason than the chance to observe Michelangelo’s early work, contributing this way to a non-pedantic approach to the work of the great artist, which we – often in the wrong – look for the most famous artworks, like the David or the new vestry of San Lorenzo Basilica.

The house which holds the Museum, situated in the heart of the Florentine historical centre, between via Ghibellina and via Buonarroti, a few steps away from the monumental complex of Santa Croce, belonged to Buonarroti’s family for centuries, but Michelangelo never lived there.

The facade of the house is simple, whereas the interior presents a rich decoration mainly of the 17th Century style, made from various artists on commission by the descendants of the great artist.

The tourist who visits this little jewel of the Florentine museum system, does it mainly for a reason: he wants to admire the early sculptural work and the drawings of Michelangelo showed in the exhibition rooms of the house.

Besides different sketches for unfinished works or otherwise, there are some works which stand out for their beauty, especially the wonderful Madonna della Scala, of Donatellian inspiration, and the famous Battaglia dei Centauri, a dynamic and sculptural composition, where bodies meld together in the confusion of the struggle.

The collection of Michelangelo’s drawings is capital, but unfortunately, due to space problems and preservation, is exhibit on a rotating basis.

A visit to the Museum in question, which today is run by a foundation, offers ideas and suggestions which other thematic museums can hardly offer and it deserves, beyond a doubt, the highest possible importance from the visitors who want to visit the Tuscan Regional Capital with attention and awareness.


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