Buonarroti family Collections

 

The direct descendants of Michelangelo, who lived in the building for centuries, collected works of art of different genres and from differ- ent periods. The main additions to the collections can be ascribed to Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger (1568-1647). This room houses those pieces that cannot be moved for reasons of conservation (the fine collection of della Robbias) and the ones whose exact location in the seventeenth century is not known (paintings and china).

Titian’s painting is an important acquisition dating back to Rosina Vendramin (1814–1856), the wife of Cosimo Buonarroti (1790–1858), the family’s last direct descendant.
The sculpture by Emilio Zocchi (1835–1913), on loan from the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank, is the best-known portrayal of the subject of the young Michelangelo sculpting a faun’s head, which the author repeated several times.

For static reasons, due to the weight of the work, it was necessarily exhibited on the ground floor rather than in the first-floor room devoted to Michelangelo in the 1800s.

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