Amici del Nidiaci in Oltrarno

In difesa del Bartlett-Nidiaci-Palazzo Santarelli storico spazio dei bambini di San Frediano in Firenze

Emilio Santarelli, who sculpted Michelangelo and grew a garden full of camelias

An excellent article about the Nidiaci adventure and history, by Penny Howard who runs the interesting blog Beyond the Yalla Dog, on art and life in Florence.

Emilio Santarelli,(1801–1886) was the Florentine artist who sculpted the vigorous and sympathetic sculpture of Michelangelo Buonarotti for one of the most prominent niches in the Uffizi.

He was an important Florentine artist, reputedly ‘discovered’ and encouraged by Louise, the Countess of Albany,  estranged wife* of the erstwhile Scottish Pretender to the English throne, “Bonnie” Prince Charlie,* and her second partner, the poet Vittorio Alfieri.

Santarelli was a self-taught artist, supported by the Countess, and in later life, he also helped author Vernon Lee with her biography of Countess of Albany Luisa of Stolberg-Gedern by providing her with copies of their correspondence.

 

[continue on Penny Howard’s website]

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