This year marks the 500th anniversary of the painting of the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. The Fondazione FMR-Marilena Ferrari pays homage to the genius of Michelangelo Buonarroti launching the bookwonderful series with the publication of Michelangelo: La dotta mano. The bookwonderful series, a collection of limited edition works of extraordinary artistic and cultural value, are now being brought to the United States. Thanks to its aesthetic perfection and refined craftsmanship, Michelangelo: La dotta mano is the perfect interpretation of the Civiltà della Bellezza, a program started by Marilena Ferrari, the objective of which is to promote a profound ethical, cultural, and social renewal, that restores importance to the concept of beauty as both an ethical and aesthetic value.
Only thirty-three copies of Michelangelo: La dotta mano will be published worldwide with each commanding a price of 100,000 euros. A bas-relief stands out on the cover, faithfully reproducing the Madonna della Scala (Madonna of the Steps) by Michelangelo (c. 1490), executed in statuary marble extracted from Il Polvaccio quarries, the same quarries from which Buonarroti obtained his own marble. Every detail of the work, from the silk velvet material, to the decorated paper of the inner cover flaps, to the silk-screen prints, to the printing and the binding, reveals extremely careful design and a great aspiration to excellence and absolute value.
The Fondazione FMR-Marilena Ferrari donated a copy of the Michelangelo: La dotta mano to the Prado Museum on June 19th, 2008, and donated another copy to the City Council of Bologna, the city where the Foundation headquarters are based.
The first official donation in the United States was in New York on December 1st, during which Marilena Ferrari presented Michelangelo: La dotta mano to Paul LeClerc, President of The New York Public Library, which is one of the most distinguished American libraries. The work will become an active part of the collection of the Rare Books Division, which houses approximately 130,000 titles, covering five centuries of printing—from the 1450s to the present—and representing Continental Europe, England, and the America.
From December 2nd through December 8th, the Michelangelo: La dotta mano is on display for public view at The New York Public Library, in the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room, together with a video detailing the making of the book.
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