Nearly 60 years have passed since the Rondanini Pietà was purchased by the city of Milan and placed in the Museum of ancient art in the Castello Sforzesco. Soon it will find its permanent place in the old Spanish Hospital, still within the walls of the Sforzesco’s Castle, built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, but recently restored. The latest masterpiece by Michelangelo is now on exhibition in a new space dedicated and revalued by Michele De Lucchi’s design “which allows you to have an amazing perception of his poignant power” underlined the same editors. The Cariplo Foundation has invested well 26 million Euros in the project of restoration of the whole building.
“The new production completely overturns the usual vision today: on entering visitors will see the sculpture from the back and see first what Michelangelo sculpted last, the back of the Madonna leaning over Christ, giving an even more intense emotion for the work of art,” says the architect De Lucchi. Inside the Hall of the old Spanish Hospital, the preparation is essential, in order to respect the sanctity of the statue which induces to meditation. The work represents the spiritual testament of the master. In the last years of his life,Michelangelo dedicated himself to sculpture only occasionally and almost exclusively for personal purposes. Specifically, according to records, his biographers Condivi and Vasari, the artist’s desire was to complete the ‘Pietà’ and willed it to be placed on his grave, at first they had thought of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome and perhaps later Florence.
The new Museum will be inaugurated with a party Saturday, May 2, which will also be the opening of the programme of initiatives and events of ExpoinCittà, intended t ogive impetus to the cultural life in Milan for the six months of the Expo 2015. The ribbon cutting will be at 11 a.m., and from 2pm till 11pm, the Museum will be open to the city and will be free for admission all week until Sunday 10 May.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati