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Michelangelo show in Rome lauds 'universal artist'

  • People visit an exhibtion dedicated to Michelangelo at the Capitoline Museum in Rome on May 27, 2014 as part of the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the death of the Italian artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. The exibiton is held from May 27 to September 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

  • People visit an exhibtion dedicated to Michelangelo at the Capitoline Museum in Rome on May 27, 2014 as part of the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the death of the Italian artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. The exibiton is held from May 27 to September 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

ROME: A Michelangelo exhibition opened in Rome on Tuesday, highlighting the Renaissance master as a "universal artist" who brought his own brand of mysticism to a variety of art forms.

The show starts off with "Madonna of the Steps" -- a relief sculpture made by Michelangelo at the age of 15.

It brings together 150 works -- busts, sketches, statues and oil paintings -- by Michelangelo and his contemporaries.

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in Arezzo in central Italy in 1475 and learnt his craft as a painter and sculptor in the workshop of Domenico and Davide Ghirlandaio in Florence.

Lorenzo de Medici became his patron but the young Michelangelo had to move to Rome in 1496 when the city was swept by turmoil following the Florentine duke's death.

Michelangelo worked for six popes and became ever closer to his Christian faith in his old age as seen in the numerous "Crucifixions" and "Resurrections" in the exhibition.

The show at the Capitoline Museums runs until September 14.

 
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