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The Sagrestia Nuova, the Michelangelo Chapel in Florence

Michelangelo New Sacristy Sagrestia Nuova in Florence in Italy
Michelangelo New Sacristy
The Sagrestia Nuova, the New Sacristy, was designed and built as a funerary chapel.

Pope Leo X de Medici decided on the construction of this chapel intended to honour the memory of his brother Giuliano Duke of Nemours and his nephew Lorenzo, Duke of Urbino.

But the concrete realization of this Sacristy was the work of Pope Clement VII, son of Giuliano de Medici and nephew of Lorenzo the Magnificent.

In 1520 Clement VII asked Michelangelo to carry out this new Sacristy as an architect and sculptor.

The Sagrestia Nuova, Michelangelo's New Sacristy

Smaller but very intimate, inviting prayer, to speak low, the so-called chapel of the New Sacristy, designed by Michelangelo as an architect and decorated with statues of the same Michelangelo, is quite moving.

Michelangelo New Sacristy Sagrestia Nuova in Florence in Italy
Michelangelo New Sacristy
All this is not the result of the accident; Michelangelo wanted to make it a place where the dominant theme is the immortality of the individual soul.

A place showing that God, in His mercy, welcomes us all, from the simplest of us to the Medici princes.

In 1520, Pope Clement VII de Medici asked Michelangelo to make this chapel a funeral chapel for his uncle Lorenzo the Magnificent and his father Giuliano, murdered during the conspiracy of the Pazzi on April 26, 1478.

The work lasted until 1534, with several stops because Michelangelo was also busy with other projects.

In 1534 Michelangelo left Florence for Rome and did not return, leaving the chapel unfinished, but still had time almost to finish the statues.

Cosimo I de Medici asked Giorgio Vasari and Bartolomeo Ammannati to complete the work.

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