450th Anniversary of the death of Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti was the most complete and true genius of the Renaissance. He was called “the divine one" by Vasari, who inserted him still in his lifetime in his book of artistic biographies “Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects”. 450 years after his death, the Tuscan artist still arouses amazement and emotion for his ability to express all the arts: painting, sculpture and architecture. He ran through Renaissance and humanism, Classicism and Anti-classicism, transcending form and anti-conformism, he even became entrepreneur of himself. Some of his best works are: Pietà, David, the Last Judgement, the Sistine Chapel, the Slaves, Moses and the Pitti Tondo. The Ufficio Filatelico e Numismatico of San Marino honours this event with a stamp which depicts the bas-relief “Madonna and Child and St John the Baptist – the Pitti Tondo” (85x82cm), kept by the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence. Commissioned by Bartolomeo Pitti, this sculpture shows the Virgin Mary with an open holy book on her knees, Jesus Child leaned on her and St John the Baptist in the background.