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24 April, 22:00

Madonna of Bruges is the first work of Michelangelo to leave Italy during the author's lifetime

Madonna of Bruges is the first work of Michelangelo to leave Italy during the author's lifetime
Michelangelo Buonarroti. These names and surnames are considered synonymous with greatness. During his lifetime, the Italian sculptor created many masterpieces that still inspire art critics, historians and connoisseurs of his work. However, among them there is a creation that is considered almost the first to leave the borders of Italy during the author's lifetime. This is a marble sculpture of the Bruges Madonna.
The Bruges Madonna was created by Michelangelo between 1501 and 1504. The sculptor secretly accepted an order from the Mouscron merchants from Flanders, from the city of Bruges. Mysteriousness was forced, both because of the significant sum of money and because of the sculptor's reluctance to annoy the Italian customers. Without too much publicity, the finished work was transported to the port of Livorno and taken to Flanders. It is this work of Michelangelo that is considered to be almost the first to leave the borders of Italy during the author's lifetime.

The marble sculpture, the height of which is about 127-128 centimeters, depicts the Mother of God and the infant Christ. Maria is holding the hand of her son, who is trying to get away from her. Take your first independent steps. Outwardly, the Mother of God looks sad, almost gloomy. However, it retains majesty, calmness.
After its creation, the sculpture was transported to Bruges and installed in the chapel of the Muscron merchant family. Later, it was decorated with a niche with an architectural environment in the Flemish Baroque style. This work was taken out of the chapel only twice. The first time was by order of Napoleon, whose troops occupied Flanders and took the sculpture to Paris. The second time - during the Second World War - the Nazis, but it was also managed to be returned.

The sculpture is currently housed in the Church of Our Lady in Bruges and is protected by armored glass for security and to prevent vandalism.

The Bruges Madonna is not only a masterpiece of art, but also a symbol of the grandeur and sophistication of the Italian Renaissance. Created by the great Michelangelo Buonarroti, it remains an amazing testament to his talent and genius. 

Source: vaticanpatrons.it

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