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ECCT Special Lunch and tour: Michelangelo presentation and tour

ECCT CEO Freddie Hoeglund and Dr. Chang Yui-tan, Director of National Museum of History

On 22 March the ECCT held a special event about the life and and works of Michelangelo. The event began with a presentation by Dr. Chang Yui-tan, Director of the National Museum of History and was followed by a private tour of the Michelangelo exhibition, currently running at the National Museum of History. In his presentation Dr. Chang spoke about the life and work of Michelangelo and the exhibition, called the "Divine Michelangelo exhibition".

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564) is regarded as one of the three masters of the Italian Renaissance, along with Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Their creative influence on subsequent generations of artists was immense. They bequeathed masterpieces and turned a new page in the history of Western art.

Michelangelo had a remarkably long career spanning 70 years and his masterpieces, David and Pieta were completed before the age of 30. They helped to make the young artist famous in Europe.

While Michelangelo is best known as a sculptor and painter of the Sistine chapel's ceiling, he also wrote 304 poems and was the architect of the dome of St Peters Basilica, the famous church in Vatican City, among other creative endeavours.

After Dr. Chang's presentation, members gathered at the National Museum of History for a private tour of the Michelangelo Divine Exhibition. The exhibition, arranged in collaboration with the Casa Buonarroti in Florence Italy, provides a comprehensive introduction to this Renaissance master. The exhibition showcases many important works of Michelangelo, including reproductions (cast from moulds of the original works) of eight famous sculptures such as David and Rome Pieta, details of Michelangelo's frescos in the Sistine Chapel and architecture-related works. It also presents 14 pieces of original drawings and manuscripts from Casa Buonarroti. Drawings on display include portraits of Michelangelo done by his contemporaries and some private drawings done by Michelangelo himself. The exhibition is divided into five sections, including: The Life of Michelangelo: Public and Private (portraits of him, his private life and his studio), Sculpture and Painting of Michelangelo, Architecture and Poetry of Michelangelo, Clash of the Titans (a comparison of Da Vinci and Michelangelo) and Original Manuscripts from Casa Buonarroti.

Another interesting exhibition is a Bottega (workshop). All young aspiring artists at the time of Michelangelo worked as apprentices in Bottegas of masters to hone their skills. Michelangelo himself started working in one at the age of 13.

Dr. Chung Yui-tan talked about Michelangelo's life and work

Curator Lin Juei-tang led the tour of the "Divine Michelangelo" exhibition and talked about Michelangelo's "Bacchus"