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Exhibition - “Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel” – in Georgia

By Mariam Chanishvili
Wednesday, January 31
Georgian National Museum (GNM) and the Embassy of Italy to Georgia are organizing the exhibition of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s preparatory drawings.

The exhibition Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel will open at GNM Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery on February 2 and will showcase 6 graphic works from “Casa Buonarroti” Museum collections (Florence).

The graphic works presented are special with their originality and dynamism. They were created for Sistine Chapel Ceiling (1508-1512) and "The Last Judgment" (1535-1541), which are considered to be symbols of perfection and beauty.

Visitors of the exhibition will have the opportunity to see a short film about Michelangelo.

“This is a very important opportunity for visitors and tourists visiting Georgia. They will have a chance to see the works of a genius Italian artist,” stated the Ambassador of Italy to Georgia, Antonio Enrico Bartoli via Imedi Morning Show.

The original artworks will be brought to Georgia on January 31; the exhibition will last until April 3, 2018.

Apart from the GNM and the Embassy of Italy to Georgia, the organization of this exhibition was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, Ministry of Culture of Italy and the Program "Vivere ALL'Italiana", Cultural Association Metamorphosis, VTB Bank Georgia, Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, “Check in Georgia.”

Casa Buonarroti Museum was a property owned by the sculptor Michelangelo. The house was turned into a museum dedicated to the artist by his great nephew, Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger. Its collections include two of Michelangelo's earliest sculptures, the Madonna of the Steps and the Battle of the Centaurs. The library contains 10 000 items that has been accumulated over the centuries, including the family's archive and some of Michelangelo’s letters and drawings.