Pietà by Michelangelo, the colors come back to light – Ultima Ora


(ANSA) – FLORENCE, 16 SEP – Begun last November, the restoration of Michelangelo’s Pietà kept in the Museum of the Opera del Duomo in Florence, also known as Pietà Bandini, has resumed after the interruption due to Covid, one of the three executed by Buonarroti, not finished by the great artist who wanted to portray us in the role of Nicodemus but who also tried to destroy. And for the first time, from Monday 21 September, it will be possible to access the restoration site thanks to special guided tours, for a maximum of five people at a time, with the restorers and experts of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore.

Meanwhile, the first cleaning of the surface, finished on the back of the sculptural group and in the initial phase on the front, is bringing to light the colors resulting from previous treatments of the marble.

From the restoration also unknown details emerge, from the signs of processing made with different tools to the impressions of the pieces of the nineteenth-century cast, to the traces of previous interventions, hidden, it explains, under a thick layer of dust deposits mixed with waxes, accumulated and modified in over 470 years of life of the work. (HANDLE).