The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is the principal Franciscan church in Florence, Italy, and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Basilica became popular with Florentines as a place of worship and patronage and it became customary for greatly honoured Florentines to be buried or commemorated there.
After [Michelangelo’s] death in 1564, Duke Cosimo de’ Medici commissioned Giorgio Vasari to coordinate and create the memorial, which was finished in 1578. Alongside the artist, 66 members of the Buonarroti family are buried here.
He is surrounded by three allegorical statues representing…Painting (by Giovan Battista Lorenzi), Sculpture (by Valerio Cioli) and Architecture (by Giovan Battista Lorenzi) all of three which are shown in mourning.
Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer~ https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/michelangelo/exhibition-object-highlights
The Sonnets of Michelangelo~ https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-sonnets-of-michelangelo-1904-edition/
See also: https://schristywolfe.com/2016/09/08/september-8-1504-michelangelos-david-is-unveiled-in-florence/
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1981 / Pencil on paper / 10”x8” / The Eileen Harris Norton Collection
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1982–1982 / Acrylic and Oilstick on Canvas / 50”x40” / Private Collection
In Flanders Field-Where Soldiers Sleep and Poppies Grow / Robert Vonnoh
1890 / Oil on canvas / 58”x104” / The Butler Institute of American Art
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
“In Flanders Fields” is a poem written by the Canadian army physician and poet John McCrae. He wrote it in early May 1915 in his medical aid station near Essex farm, 2 km to the north of the centre of Ypres. The poem was published on 8 December 1915. John McCrae died on 28 January 1918, while in charge of the Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne. He is buried in Wimereux cemetery (Pas-de-Calais, France).
“In Flanders Field” became popular almost immediately upon its publication. It was translated into other languages and used on billboards advertising Victory Loan Bonds in Canada. The poppy soon became known as the flower of remembrance for the men and women in Britain, France, the United States, and Canada who have died in service of their country.
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Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), American pivotal in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting http://www.frankenthalerfoundation.org/helen/biography
Nature Abhors a Vacuum / 1973 / Acrylic on canvas / 103 1/2”x112 1/2”
Yayoi Kusama (Born 1929), Japanese self-described “obsessional artist” employs painting, sculpture, performance art, and installation https://www.britannica.com/biography/Yayoi-Kusama
Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity / 2009 / Wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic paint, LED lighting system, and water / 163 1/2”x163 1/2”x113 1/4”