The Renaissance period fascinates me. More so, the life and works of Michelangelo. The incurable nerd that I am, I was beyond excited when we planned our trip to Italy earlier this year; I knew this was my best chance to get up close and personal with some of Michelangelo's most famous creations.
Years ago I had come across the biographical novel of Michelangelo Buonarotti, a book which holds a special place on my bookshelf and in my heart :) This book then formed the basis of my itinerary planning as I charted my path to walk on his footsteps. What now follows is a list of his most famous masterpieces, their locations and how best to experience them.
Madonna of the Stairs
Probably not his most famous work, but an important milestone for young Michelangelo who created this in the year 1491 in the sculpture garden at the Medici palace. Michelangelo was by nature a sculptor and moving into the sculpture garden from the art studio at Ghirlandaio's was a huge step for him. Madonna of the Stairs was the first commission he had earned from Lorenzo Medici, it was his very first sculpture and indicates the start of his illustrious journey.
Where to find it: Casa Buonarotti, Florence
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Tip: This is about a 15 minute walk from Galleria dell'Accademia and a definite must see if you are in Florence. Usually a spot not crowded by tourists, it is an interesting way to spend a quiet afternoon.