In 2019 the Fondazione Casa Buonarroti launched the series “Buonarrotiana. Studi su Michelangelo e la famiglia Buonarroti”, dedicated to original research on the identity themes of the Institution, entrusted to specialists of various disciplines and tackled in a perspective of comparison between different visions and approaches.
The series was inaugurated by the volume Michelangelo e la “maniera di figure piccole” 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 e la “maniera di figure piccole” presents the results of recent research on the artists who gravitated in Michelangelo’s orbit in the mid-sixteenth century, in particular Giulio Clovio and Marcello Venusti, and at the same time brings to light a little-known and, for most, surprising aspect of Michelangelo’s work, because it contrasts with the clichés dear to Romantic and Idealist culture, which had made him the ultimate example of gigantism, forgetting that his contemporaries appreciated in his works “the terribleness and grandeur” together with “the finesse in the parts of the sweetnesses he painted” (Giorgio Vasari, 1568).
The second issue, planned for 2020, was published in 2021 due to the problems posed by the health emergency. Entitled Padroni di casa, it offers a biographical survey of Michelangelo’s descendants who owned the house in Via Ghibellina. Thanks to a multidisciplinary approach and in-depth analysis of the historical and cultural contexts in which the Buonarroti lived as protagonists, the essays provide an opportunity to explore important moments in Italian and European history over three centuries.
The volume, edited by Alessandro Cecchi and with essays by Elena Lombardi, Marcella Marongiu, Maria Grazia Marzi and Pina Ragionieri, has been published by Edifir (Florence).
In December 2022 has been published the third volume, Michelangelo. Le opere giovanili. Nuove acquisizioni, edited by Cristina Acidini and Alessandro Cecchi, devoted to an in-depth study of the Madonna of the Stairs and the Battle of the Centaurs, masterpieces from Michelangelo‘s youthful activity and pride of the collections of Casa Buonarroti, which went undergo restoration financed by the Friends of Florence Association in the years 2020-2021.
The volume feature essays by Cristina Acidini, Ottaviano Caruso, Alessandro Cecchi, Jennifer Celani, Claudia Echinger-Maurach, Emanuela Ferretti, Silvia Ginzburg, Prisca Giovannini, Daniela Manna, Donata Magrini, Barbara Salvadori, Silvia Vettori, Marina Vincenti, and has been published by the Officina Libraria publishing house (Rome).
The first part of the volume has been dedicated to essays on Michelangelo’s youthful activity, his relationship with the Medici family and the connection with Poliziano. Ample space has been devoted to reflecting on the iconic value of these works and the museum displays that have featured them over the centuries.
The second part of the publication has been devoted to Michelangelo’s sculptural technique, to recent and past restorations and to the diagnostic investigations recently carried out on the works.
In the first half of December 2023, the fourth monograph of the series “Buonarrotiana. Studies on Michelangelo and the Buonarroti family” was published, dedicated to Artemisia Gentileschi and edited by Cristina Acidini and Alessandro Cecchi. The heart of the project is the painting of the Inclination, commissioned by Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger in 1616 for the “Galleria” of the family palace. From October 2022 to April 2023, the canvas underwent a delicate restoration, financed by the British non-profit organisation Calliope Arts and the collector and philanthropist Christian Levett: the operation was not only aimed at conservation work on the painting, but also at an extensive campaign of diagnostic investigations using the most advanced restoration imaging techniques. The restoration campaign was flanked by an intense research activity on Artemisia and her relationship with Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger, on the historical and philosophical assumptions of the magnificent iconographic programme of which the Inclination is part, on the figure of Michelangelo the Younger within the literary, scientific, musical and political context of early 17th century Florence, and on his relationships with figures such as Galileo Galilei and Francesca Caccini.
In order to embrace the new contributions, the restoration reports and the reports of the scientific investigations, it was decided to dedicate the fourth monographic volume of the series to the project, which will host essays by Cristina Acidini, Alessandro Cecchi, Jennifer Celani, Suzanne G. Cusick, Milena Gammaitoni, Elena Lombardi, Marcella Marongiu, Gianni Papi, Massimiliano Rossi, Enrico Sartoni, Giorgio Strano, and Elizabeth Wicks, and will be published by the Officina Libraria publishing house (Rome).
The Ministry of Culture has granted the volume recognition as a publication of significant cultural interest promoted by institutes, associations, foundations and other non-profit organisations operating in Italy, which has already been obtained for the second and third volumes in the series.