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Michelangelo universale: tra teoria e polimatìa

Oscar Schiavone


Michelangelo Buonarroti’s work illustrates the early modern fusion of, and balance between, distinct forms of knowledge. On the one hand, this contribution sees Michelangelo as an early modern theoretician offering a non-systematic contribution to Platonic idealism and aesthetic theory. On the other, Michelangelo’s Medici Chapel provides a case study of the synergy and contamination between literary texts and artworks. Michelangelo is shown as a typical Renaissance man solving problems creatively regardless of the expressive medium or, in other words, resorting to a pre-linguistic thought that articulates ideas in similar ways both in his artistic output and in his poetry and keeps together his imaginary worlds.