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Battle of the Centaurs

Michelangelo1490/1492

Casa Buonarroti

Casa Buonarroti
Firenze, Italy

While Condivi’s biography states that the Battle of the Centaurs was executed for Lorenzo the Magnificent, on a theme suggested by Politian, Giorgio Vasari includes the Battle in his description of the Garden of San Marco, the piece of land owned by the Magnificent and facing onto Piazza San Marco in Florence, which was a celebrated training ground for a number of young artists, including the adolescent Michelangelo. In all likelihood the Battle was left incomplete by Michelangelo because of the death of Lorenzo the Magnificent (1492).

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