Sculptor, painter, architect, his genius has made it to today, his major works are considered essential heritage for humanity, but only a few know the true origins of this maestro or have visited the place where he was born that so highly contributed to his education.
For those who love Michelangelo, Rome and Florence are the most significant stops to understand this Renaissance genius, but his true origins go back to the province of Arezzo, in the town of Caprese, a name that has been associated over time to its most illustrious citizen and today takes the name of Caprese Michelangelo.
One of the most fascinating journeys dedicated to the maestro starts here where you’ll discover the pearls of his artistic production unknown for many years. In Caprese you will be able to visit Michelangelo’s house where a plaque highlights the day of his birth. In his bedroom, you will still read today: “I remember as if it was today March 6th 1474 when my son was born and I named him Michelangelo…”
In the small town it’s also possible to visit the museum dedicated to him where the chalks of his sculptures are still kept, other than unique documents that certify the strong bond of the artist with his native land. It is a bond that also goes towards Chiusi della Verna, another town in the province of Arezzo that strongly influenced Michelangelo’s work, so much that some historians believe this is Michelangelo’s hometown and not Caprese.
As you walk through the town’s streets, you will notice some of the views that served as the backdrop for Michelangelo’s most important works: mount Penna, for example, appears in many of his extraordinary works such as Adam’s creation, the Doni Tondo, the Crucifixion of Saint Peter and the Conversion of Saint Paul. Michelangelo wanted to pay tribute to his land in his most famous work, the fresco of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, in Adam’s creation where you will clearly recognize the profile of the sanctuary of the Verna.
Today some street signs, written in Italian and English, guide visitors through this journey into the history of the quintessential “maestro.”