Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti
Il Michelangiolo

February 23, 2013

Il Michelangiolo is the last critofilm that the art historian Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti made in 1964, and concludes a long and complex experimentation, inaugurated in 1948 and consolidated in the 1950s with the creation of 20 films.

Cinema has the intrinsic characteristic of being visible in a temporal dimension, while a painting or a sculpture has an internal temporality, given by the composition of the forms, which only a trained eye can grasp.

With this assumption, Ragghianti uses the cinematographic tool with critical purposes: the assembly of the shots and the movements of the camera simulate the ways of viewing the work of art, guiding the viewer on a journey within it. Michelangiolo is a complex filmic work, in which the meaning and objectives of the critoflm are clarified. The protagonist is the creative personality of the artist who manifests itself through the analysis of his works.