Thursday 1 January 1970

Eugenio Battisti. Michelangelo, fortuna di un mito

Thursday 28 February, 18.30
MAXXI B.A.S.E., Graziella Lonardi Buontempo hall – admittance free
presentation of the book edited by Giuseppa Saccaro del Buffa, edizioni Olschki

The studies of Eugenio Battista, in part previously unpublished and collected in the book Michelangelo, fortuna di un mito. Cinquecento anni di critica letteraria e artistica (Michelangelo, fortunes of a myth. Five hundred years of literary and artistic criticism), have illustrated through the magnifying glass of the critical fortunes that arose around the figure and works of Michelangelo, a rare example of historical and ideological creation of myth regarding the maestro that has developed over centuries of artistic culture.

Thanks to his brilliance and inventiveness, Michelangelo continues to evoke a range of contrasting reactions from extreme admiration to epidermic hostility. This has been given voice over the centuries by critics, artists and intellectuals, as examined by Eugenio Battisti from the 16th Century on. According to Battisti, analysis by the most recent criticism exercised within literary militancy and the studies of Michelangelo’s art and thinking by artists contemporary to us have instead established an artistic criticism that is in a sense more open-minded and creative and that has discovered in the great artist’s masterpieces an aura of exuberant modernism that makes us love him as one of our contemporaries.

Speakers Giuseppa Saccaro Del Buffa, Corrado Bologna, Michele Dantini, Paolo Portoghesi
Moderator Anna Mattirolo, Director MAXXI Arte