Tomb of the Medicis
by MICHELANGELO

Medici Chapel (Cappella Medicea) is the chapel housing monuments to members of the Medici family, in the New Sacristy of the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence. The funereal monuments were commissioned in 1520 by Pope Clement VII (formerly Cardinal Giulio de' Medici), executed largely by Michelangelo from 1520 to 1534, and completed by Michelangelo's pupils after his departure.

The two monumental groups (for the tombs of Lorenzo, duke di Urbino, and Giuliano, duke de Nemours) are each composed of a seated armed figure in a niche, with an allegorical figure reclining on either side of the sarcophagus below. The seated figures, representing the two dukes, are not treated as portraits but as types. Lorenzo, whose face is shaded by a helmet, personifies the reflective man; Giuliano, who is holding the baton of an army commander, portrays the active man. At his feet recline the figures of "Night" and "Day." "Night," a giantess, is twisting in uneasy slumber; "Day," a Herculean figure, looks wrathfully over his shoulder. Just as imposing, but far less violent, are the two companion figures reclining between sleep and waking on the sarcophagus of Lorenzo. The male figure is known as "Dusk," the female figure as "Dawn."

Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano the Elder were buried at the entrance wall, and over them was set up a marble group consisting of a "Madonna and Child" and the Medici patron saints Cosmas and Damian. The "Madonna" is a work of imposing majesty, completely by Michelangelo's own hand; the saints are the work of pupils after models by the master.

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View of the Medici Chapel
1526-33
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


View of the Medici Chapel
1526-33
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


View of the Medici Chapel
1526-33
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Ceiling of the Medici Chapel
1526-33
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Tomb of Giuliano de' Medici
1526-33
Marble, 630 x 420 cm
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Tomb of Giuliano de' Medici
1526-33
Marble, 630 x 420 cm
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Tomb of Giuliano de' Medici (detail)
1526-33
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Tomb of Giuliano de' Medici (detail)
1526-33
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Tomb of Giuliano de' Medici (detail)
1526-33
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Night
1526-33
Marble, length: 194 cm
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Night (detail)
1526-33
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Night (detail)
1526-33
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Day
1526-33
Marble, length: 185 cm
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Day (rear view)
1526-33
Marble, length: 185 cm
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Tomb of Lorenzo de' Medici
1524-31
Marble, 630 x 420 cm
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Tomb of Lorenzo de' Medici
1524-31
Marble, 630 x 420 cm
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Tomb of Lorenzo de' Medici (detail)
1524-31
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Tomb of Lorenzo de' Medici (detail)
1524-31
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Dusk
1524-31
Marble, length: 195 cm
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Dusk
1524-31
Marble, length: 195 cm
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Dawn
1524-31
Marble, length: 203 cm
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Dusk and Dawn
1524-31
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Dawn (detail)
1524-31
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Medici Madonna
1521-31
Marble, height 226 cm
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Medici Madonna, between Sts Cosmas and Damian
1521-31
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Medici Madonna (detail)
1521-31
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Medici Madonna (detail)
1521-31
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Candelabrum Pedestal
c. 1531
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence


Wall Decoration
1526-33
Marble
Sagrestia Nuova, San Lorenzo, Florence



Summary of works by Michelangelo
Sculptures | Paintings | Sistine Chapel | Drawings | Architecture
Sculptures
-1501 | 1502- | David | Julius II's Tomb | Medici Tomb | Pietŕs
Sistine Chapel
Last Judgment | Genesis | Prophets | Sibyls | Ignudi
Spandrels | Lunettes | Triangles | Medallions



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