|Via Ghibellina, 70 (Museo di Casa Buonarroti)||10:00||Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday|
Despite Pietro Aretino’s innuendos and Ascanio Condivi’s biography, who insisted on Michelangelo’s “male-only loves”, we are not certain the artist was a homosexual. What we know is that his Ignudi (literally, “the naked ones”) outraged the popes for their Greek rather than Christian essence. The artist often used male models for his statues, even when he dealt with female figures who can only be distinguished by males almost exclusively because they have long hair.
However, if biographies may differ, the works remain. In this quite unique and unconventional tour, we would like to give you an insight into the labyrinths of Michelangelo’s creative process, from its infancy to its maturity, guiding you through two hallmarks of the artist’s genius: Casa Buonarroti, the museum created to honour the artist’s memory, and the Medici Chapel. In the first museum, you will see Michelangelo’s earliest works and his drawings, in the second you will behold the magnificent New Sacristy, Michelangelo’s masterpiece in Florence.
Queer Michelangelo would like to uncover what lies beneath the art of one of the most fascinating geniuses of Florence by linking his imagination to a world of homoerotic suggestions, which were also part of the urban landscape of Florence at the time of Michelangelo. We will also take you on a walking tour through the city, towards Piazza della Signoria, where you will learn how gay people lived back in Renaissance times.