Sterling Silver Pendant depicting Michelangelo's Capitol Rome Square
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This sterling silver pendant portrays Michelangelo Buonarroti's 1567 rendition of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, a grand square atop the Capitoline Hill. Originally serving as the citadel for ancient Romans, the name "Capitoline" reflects its commanding height and historical significance. Despite the dearth of visible ancient ruins at ground level, the square is adorned with Medieval and Renaissance palaces, now housing the prestigious Capitoline Museums. Michelangelo's architectural prowess shines through in the meticulous design of the square and its surrounding structures, a project undertaken between 1536 and 1546.
Michelangelo's genius is evident in his appreciation for perspective, ensuring that every angle of the piazza offers a captivating view. The square's layout invites exploration and contemplation, with each corner revealing new layers of beauty and history. Particularly striking when viewed from above, the original and iconic pavement pattern stands as a testament to Michelangelo's enduring influence on urban design.