Tomb of Michelangelo, Florence
The Basilica di Santa Croce or Basilica of the Holy Cross is located just east of the Duomo. This Franciscan church was said to be founded by St Francis himself. What strikes me the most is the beautiful facade made of white, pink and green marbles done in neo-Gothic design. This was probably the newer additions to the building, in the 19th century
This is also the final resting place of famous Italians e.g Michaelangelo & Galileo and you can find their tomb in the church
There is no fees to enter the church
You can find this tomb inside Santa Croce church and it's a nice monument to the great man. Considered a great painter by some & great sculpter by others but it was his inventions that should maybe get top billing including a model of a helicopter designed in the 1500's.
This tomb is just one of many in this famous church. It became very fashionable to be buried here & now floor space is at a premium!! You don't have to wander too far to see a lot of very recognisable people's final resting spot.
he who hails as the master ...
he who captivated us ..
or at least thought so ....
he is not just an artist ...
he is not just a human ....
but why didnt you finish our Slaves my dear ?
perhaps you dont have time ...
perhaps this is art ?
two slaves posing sexily in Louvre, Paris
and four Slaves now seducing us in Florence
ahhhh...how could you Michael ?
why did yu do that ?
a bit of Santa Croce
Geometrically coloured marble decorates the building's façade (added in the 19th century), but the real treats lie inside, where many famous Florentines lie in peace. The walls are lined with tombs, and 276 tombstones pave the floor. The church's most famous inhabitants are Michelangelo, Macchiavelli, Galileo and Bardi. Its various chapels feature works of art by Giotto and della Robbia, and the serene cloisters were designed by Brunelleschi.
Santa Croce's museum features a partially restored crucifix by Cimabue, which was damaged by the 1966 floods. Other churches which shouldn't be missed include the statue-filled Orsanmichele; Santa Trinità , featuring frescoes by Ghirlandaio; All Saints', with frescoes by Botticelli and Ghirlandaio; Santa Maria Novella, which contains Masaccio's groundbreaking Trinity, along with other significant artworks; the popular SS Annunziata; Giambologna's remodelled San Marco; and the Church of the Holy Spirit, one of Brunelleschi's last commissions, and featuring Filippino Lippi's Madonna & Child.
Santa Croce shows us the burial tombs of the most famous of Fireneze. The most famous of course being Michaelangelo. He is across the church from Gallileo. There are two other famous people that I can't remember at the moment. Really amazing to be there.
On the opposite wall from Galileo’s monument and the first tomb on the right side of the nave in the back is the tomb of Florence’s favorite son – Michelangelo. This tomb was created by Vasari (the same one that wrote all those artists’ biographies) and wasn’t exactly what Michelangelo probably had in mind. It is said that his Pieta (seen in the Cathedral Museum) was meant for his own tomb, but obviously that didn’t happen. There is a bust of Michelangelo and a fresco above that refers to his final Pieta. The three females in front are allegories to Michelangelo’s work as a sculptor, painter, and poetry (you thought I’d say architect, right? He was actually a very good writer and poet too!). Michelangelo always considered himself a sculptor primarily so I was happy to see that his tomb lists him as that first.
Michaelangelo died in 1564 after a long life that he probably did not consider fulfilling. His dreams of sculpting were often put on hold by pope’s that had other plans for him (such as painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel). Although Michaelangelo lived in Rome for more than 30 years, he always considered himself a Florentine, so it is good to know that he returned home after his death.
The church houses the funeral monument to Michelangelo.
I find it quite disconcerting that churches in Europe are very dark inside. It's the same with the Vatican too. Aren't these houses of God? & isn't God the way to the light???
The Tomb of Michelangelo by Vasari, 1570.
Vasari met Michelangelo in Florence before he was called to Rome. For the rest of Vasari life, he idolised him as an artist.
Vasari's other works include the Palazzo dei Cavalieri at Pisa and the Loggie in Arezzo.
Inside Santa Croce you will find a lot of funeral monuments and tombstones, for example Galileo Galilei, Alfieri, the cenotaph of Dante (buried in Ravenna)... and this one in the picture, the tomb of Michelangelo, made by Vasari in 1570.
As you enter Santa Croce immediately to the right is the tomb of Michelangelo. The monument was designed by Vasari in 1570 and the three ladies symbolize Painting, Architecture and Sculpture.
I'm not sure that I should have taken this photo actually but other people were so I just went for it.
Of other interest you will find inside Santa Croce are the many tombs and monuments of famous Florentines. One of the most photograhed must surely be that of the Michelangelo.
Michelangelo's tomb, Santa Croce
The great artist wanted to be buried here so that the first thing he would see on Judgment Day would be Brunelleschi's dome through the open doors of Santa Croce.
Michelangelo Buonarroti had planned to have the Pietà completed for his own resting place. That did not happen so Vasari designed this monument for Michelangelo's tomb in 1570.