In 2019, the Casa Buonarroti Foundation launched the series “Buonarrotiana. Studies on Michelangelo and the Buonarroti Family”, dedicated to original research on the identity themes of the Institution, entrusted to specialists of various disciplines and addressed in a perspective of comparison between different visions and approaches.
The series was inaugurated by the volume Michelangelo e la “maniera di figure piccole” (Michelangelo and the “manner of small figures”) by Marcella Marongiu, with essays by Marcello Abbiati, Barbara Agosti, Elena Calvillo, Alessandro Cecchi, Laura Gianesini, Federica Kappler, Massimo Romeri, published by Edifir (Florence 2019).
Michelangelo and the “small-figure manner” presents the results of recent research on the artists who gravitated in Michelangelo’s mid-sixteenth-century orbit, particularly Giulio Clovio and Marcello Venusti, and together brings to light a little-known aspect of Michelangelo’s work that is surprising to most, because in contrast with the clichés dear to the romantic and idealist culture, which had made him the greatest example of gigantism, forgetting that his contemporaries appreciated in his works “the terribleness and greatness” together with “the fineness in the parts of the sweetnesses painted by him” (Giorgio Vasari, 1568).
The second issue, scheduled for 2020, has been postponed to 2021 due to the problems posed by the health emergency. It will be entitled Padroni di casa, and it will offer a biographical review of Michelangelo’s descendants who owned the house in Via Ghibellina: thanks to a multidisciplinary approach and to the in-depth analysis of the historical and cultural contexts in which the Buonarroti lived as protagonists, the essays are an opportunity to deepen important moments of Italian and European history through three centuries.
The volume, edited by Alessandro Cecchi and with essays by Maria Grazia Costagli Marzi, Elena Lombardi, Marcella Marongiu, Giovanna Ragionieri, will be published by Edifir.