EVENT NAME: Artemisia restoration exhibition in the Michelangelo museum
EVENT PLACE: Casa Buonarroti, Florence
EVENT DATE: 27 September 2023 - 8 January 2024
At Casa Buonarroti, the science of restoration rediscovers the 'star' of Baroque painting. Artemisia Gentileschi's painting, Inclination, censored about 400 years ago, is revealed in an exhibition that looks at the two faces of Artemisia never seen so closely.
The canvas is part of the allegories that accompany, on the ceiling of this room, some episodes of Michelangelo's life. Gentileschi had arrived in Florence from Rome in 1613, when the outcry of the violence she had suffered at the hands of the painter Agostino Tassi and the subsequent rape trial (1612) had not yet died down.
The Inclination, which represented Michelangelo's natural predisposition towards artistic creation, was painted by Artemisia as a naked female figure lying on the clouds and holding a compass: around 1680 a descendant of Michelangelo the Younger, probably his nephew Leonardo Buonarroti , commissioned Baldassarre Franceschini, known as the Volterrano, to paint a blue cloth and veils that would hide the nudity of the Inclination, making it more suitable for an idea of ??decorum suggested by a more rigid morality.