Michelangelo's masterpieces from the Medici Chapel in a new perspective

Chapter 1: An art-historical photo campaign, during WWII, showcases Michelangelo's sculptures in the Medici Chapel as they have never been seen before.

By Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

Florence, San Lorenzo, Medici Chapel Florence, San Lorenzo, Medici Chapel (1941) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiZentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

About the photographs

In the middle of the Second World War, Friedrich Kriegbaum took the opportunity to protect these unique sculptures from imminent danger of air raids and documented their securing. These photographs are as found in Kriegbaum‘s estate.

Florence, San Lorenzo, Medici Chapel Michelangelo's Madonna (1941) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiZentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

The Madonna

Michelangelo Buonarotti (1475-1564) sculpted the decoration of the Medici Chapel – including this figure – between 1524 and 1533. To protect them, they were dismantled in 1941. The displacement permitted spectacular shots of the unfinished piece from very unusual perspectives.

Florence, San Lorenzo, Medici Chapel Michelangelo's Madonna (1941) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiZentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

Front view of the Madonna from the left

Florence, San Lorenzo, Medici Chapel Michelangelo's Madonna (1941) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiZentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

View to the right side of the sculpture

Florence, San Lorenzo, Medici Chapel Michelangelo's Madonna (1941) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiZentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

View of the roughly worked marble on the back of the sculpture

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