Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
FLORENCE

Historian claims Michelangelo design copied from Leonardo

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Florence, January 17 - An art scholar suggests
Michelangelo copied fellow Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci
in the design of a great gilded copper ball once placed atop
Florence's basilica of San Lorenzo.
Vincenzo Vaccaro, a city architecture official in Florence,
made the claim Thursday during a presentation after restoration
of the polyhedron which will now be on permanent display in the
Medici Chapels of the basilica.
For years, Vaccaro has studied the significance of this
object, which once sat on top of the dome of San Lorenzo.
It is believed that Michelangelo was at least strongly
inspired by a series of geometric designs created by Leonardo.
The decorative object will be displayed as part of an
exhibition opening in March, called the Splendour of the Medici:
Pope Leo X and Florence.
Michelangelo created the object - described by art
historian Giorgio Vasari as the ball with 72 faces - in 1520 for
Pope Leo.

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