Situated in via Ghibellina, in the historic centre of Florence, the house of Buonarroti reunites works by Michelangelo and those from his family’s art collections.
The building was realized between 1546 and 1553 by Leonardo Buonarroti, the nephew of the master artist and, subsequently widened in 1612 by Michelangelo Buonarroti the Young, with the precise aim of paying homage to Michelangelo and his entire family.
It is possible to admire two marble reliefs of the Madonna della Scala (Madonna of the Stairs) and the Battaglia dei Centauri (Battle of the Centaurs), as well as numerous original drawings and the Modello ligneo per la facciata di San Lorenzo (Model for the Facade of San Lorenzo), the moving Dio fluviale (River God), preliminary work for a statue in the Sagrestia Nuova that was never realized, and the two 16th Century Noli me tangere, derived from a lost painting by the artist.
A purposely equipped room exhibits, on rotation, little groups from the collection of 205 autographed drawings by Michelangelo.
Added to this are collections of paintings, sculptures, majolicas and archeological finds, collected and preserved from generation to generation by the Buonarroti family, until the donation to the Municipality of Florence of the entire estate on behalf of Cosimo Buonarroti in 1859.
Among the most prestigious items of Michelangelo the Young’s collection, it is undoubtedly important to mention the wooden predella depicting the Storie di San Nicola (Stories of Saint Nicholas), a masterpiece by Giovanni di Francesco, follower of Domenico Veneziano.