Stardust. The tribute to the Basilica of San Lorenzo with an exhibition.
Published on August 9, 2015

A not-to-be missed exhibition  is the one  displayed at the Casa Buonarroti in Via Ghibellina in Florence until November 15. "The Power of Myth" presents projects for the facade of the basilica of San Lorenzo, from the competition announced by Pope Leo X in 1515 and won by Michelangelo, up to that of 1900. The exhibition holds more than 50 blue prints/architectural projects that tell all the vicissitudes that have prevented the completion of the facade of the Basilica of San Lorenzo through the centuries. In fact, shortly after the start of the works in 1515, it was the Pope himself to suspend them because of the complexity of the project, and for almost two centuries, the projectof the facade was shelved. It was the Electress Palatine who faced the issue again, by commissioning some new projects in the first half of the XVIIIth century.  Many others followed, but were never accomplished/materialised, during the XIXth century. In 1900 a competition was held which was attended by no less than 53 architects. It was only in 1905 that the Commission chose the winning project: the one of the architect Cesare Bazzani. But the decision of the Commission gave rise to a heated debate, at the point that the administration soon decided to abandon the enterprise. The exhibition is an opportunity to see how the projects evolve, to imagine the Church with a facade and to visit Casa Buonarroti at the first floor of which, along with the first wooden model for the facade, rholds the River God by Michelangelo, shaped by the artist with different materials (wood, clay, wool and tow) and dated to around 1524.  It is the only known life-size model of the great artist, it was commissioned by Pope Clement VII, and represent one of the river gods that had to decorate the sarcophagus of Lorenzo de 'Medici in the New Sacristy of San Lorenzo. The facade is still unfinished, and the projects that remained only on paper and that are displayed in this beautiful exhibition are a very valuable cultural and artistic testimony of the history of our city. Highly reccommended!

 modello ligneo dio fluviale

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