“A few days after Michelangelo’s death, his nephew Lionardo Buonarroti was sent to Rome by the Florentine government, to recover the body of the genial artist. Rome refused consent to his requests, since they wanted to bury him in Saint Peter’s Cathedral. So Leonardo removed the body at night and in great secret before returning to the road to Florence. Just arrived in the Tuscan city, the coffin was taken to Santa Croce and remained there until July 14, 1564, when in San Lorenzo was celebrated the solemn funeral, sponsored by the ducal dynasty and more worthy of a prince then an artist. The whole church was richly decorated with hangings of blacks and boards painted with episodes of his life; at the center was set up a monumental coffin adorned with paintings and sculptures ephemeral, by the complex iconography. The funeral oration was written and read by Benedict Varchi, who exalted “the praises, the merits, the life and works of the divine Michelangelo Buonarroti.” (cit. http://goo.gl/nQqZMM )
On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of these events, Florencetown, in partnership with Crossmedia Mercato Centrale di Firenze and in collaboration with the Municipality of Florence, Polo Museale Fiorentino, Opera di Santa Croce and the Opera Medicea Laurenziana, has organized a commemoration of the episode, with readings of poems by Michelangelo and concert for voice and piano.