In 1514 Michelangelo, already an absolute protagonist of the Italian Renaissance, undertook to create:
A marble figure of a Christo, as large as the natural el, ingnudo, upright, chor una chroce in arm, in that attitude that will seem to the said Michelagniolo ‘
A work that the Master left unfinished due to a black vein in the marble that emerged at the level of the face during processing, “an accident” that was terrible for Michelangelo.
Abandoned the first version, in 1518 Michelangelo began to devote himself to a second statue “the Christ of Minerva” which was then abandoned by the master and poorly completed in 1521 by his pupil Pietro Urbano, and then finished by Federico Frizzi.
work much appreciated in Rome, so much so that it is defined as “Miraculous”.
Michelangelo, dissatisfied with what he had done up to then, thought of making a third version of Christ to be able to satisfy the Vari family.
The client, on the other hand, was satisfied with the first version “with the black vein” that Michelangelo left them as a gift and which in 1607 was sold to the Marquis Vincenzo Giustiniani who had it finished by the young Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Today, in 2021, the heirs of the Giustiniani family commission the Argentine artist Pablo Damian Cristi to create the third Christ carrying the cross.
The unfinished work by Michelangelo Buonarroti will be made in Carrara, with white Carrara marble, exactly 500 years after the second version.
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