You are along the route: THE TWO MICHELANGELOS. BUONARROTI AND CARAVAGGIO
The places recommended in this itinerary are all open from Wednesday to Saturday. The Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays, while Castel Sant’Angelo, the Galleria Borghese and Palazzo Barberini are closed on Mondays. The Galleria Corsini is closed on Tuesdays.
It should be noted that the Galleria Borghese can only be booked in advance, but the masterpieces by Caravaggio there are of such importance that we have included it in the principal itinerary anyway, advising that you plan your visit there in advance.
The treasures of Rome include the masterpieces by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) and Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio (1571-1610), extraordinary artists whose work changed the course of art history.
However, the same forename and the same renown among modern artists hide extremely different lives and personalities.
Michelangelo Buonarroti, despite his wayward character, was undoubtedly a worldly man and loved a long and successful life. Caravaggio, on the other hand, did not have the same relational skills and lived a short and tormented life, marred by a terrible murder.
The former reached the highest level of gratification that an artist could achieve at the time: the prestige of Papal commissions; this is why the majority of his more grandiose works are concentrated in the Vatican. The Lombard Merisi, who arrived in Rome with the recommendation of the Sforza da Caravaggio family, immediately became part of a skilled, but secondary, environment. He was never awarded Papal commissions and mainly concentrated on the decoration of private chapels or painting on easels. His work is thus visible in various different parts of the city.
Buonarroti was a fully-rounded intellectual as well as a multi-talented artist: He took up and mastered painting, sculpture, architecture, poetry and philosophy. Merisi, on the other hand, expressed all his creative ingenuity and powerful and intense genius in the one field of oil painting. They were both energetic and dramatic artists, the former more intellectual, the ultimate expression of Florentine renaissance art, the latter with a Lombard taste for realism and a language based on the sensitivity of the religious circles in Milan, especially close to the humble and poor.
The two Michelangelos still transmit messages of vigorous talent, through the lights and shadows of their lives and works, which Rome preserves with jealous pride.