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Florence show on Michelangelo's three Pietàs to open Feb 24

Bandini, Rondanini and Vaticana sculptures juxtaposed

- FLORENCE, 07 FEB - An exhibition will open on Feb. 24 and run through Aug. 1 called "Le Tre Pietà di Michelangelo. Non vi si pensa quanto sangue costa" ("The Three Pietas of Michelangelo, No Thought Towards How Much Blood it Costs").
    The exhibition will be held in Florence's Opera del Duomo and will bring together, for the first time, the original of the Bandini Pietà, which was recently restored, as well as the Vatican Pietà and the Rondanini Pietà from the Vatican Museums.
    The exhibition, set up in the Tribuna di Michelangelo hall of the Florentine museum, has bene organised as part of the "Mediterranean, Frontier of Peace 2022" event.
    The event will bring bishops and mayors from the Mediterranean area to Florence.
    Pope Francis will also take part.
    Placed next to one another, a statement says, the three Pietà sculptures will offer an opportunity to study the evolution of Michelangelo's art as well as his spiritual maturation, from his early youth - when in Rome he sculpted for the old Saint Peter's Basilica the work now in the lateral nave of the northern part of the Basilica - to his later years, when, as an elderly man, he sculpted the Pietà now in Florence and then the Rondanini Pieta held in Milan.
    Curated by museum directors Barbara Jatta, Sergio Risaliti, Claudio Salsi, and Timothy Verdon, the exhibition is a project that will also see collaboration from the Vatican Museums, the Opera del Duomo museum, Florence's Museo Novecento, Milan's Castello Sforzesco, and the institutions of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Florence city council, the Milan city council, and the Fabbrica di San Pietro.
    In the autumn, the three works will be exhibited in Milan at the Sala delle Cariatidi of Palazzo Reale and a catalogue will be published.


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