INTRODUCTION: The internationally-famous Italian portrait artist Pietro Annigoni is in his tenth year in a massive Michelangelo-type project in a church in Italy.
INTRODUCTION: The internationally-famous Italian portrait artist Pietro Annigoni is in his tenth year in a massive Michelangelo-type project in a church in Italy. The 16-century artist devoted years to decorating the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. Now, Annigoni is using fifteenth-century painting techniques to decorate the Church of St. Michael the Archangel near Florence, where Michelangelo originally learnt his craft.
SYNOPSIS: Annigoni is famous for his portraits of personalities like Queen Elizabeth of Britain, the late President John Kennedy of the United States, the late Pope John the 23rd, and the Shah of Iran. In the past decade, in between working on his portraits, he's been returning to his biggest-ever project. He's not charging the Church anything for his work, which is inspired by the life of Christ.
His frescoes, which will eventually fill 250 square metres (yards) of walls and ceilings, depict the life of Jesus in much the renaissance style that Michelangelo used for his Old Testament tableax. Scenes include the Last Super the resurrection of Christ, the healing of the cripple, and the resurrection of Lazarus. To mix his colours, Annigoni uses a 500-year-old method taught to him by an old Russian artist - 'greasy tempera', which involves a mixture of paints, eggs, sand and wine. Annigoni has been criticised by some modern artists for being too traditional but he claims that his works will last through the centuries, just as Michelangelo's have.