The Fluvial God Statue by Michelangelo

The Fluvial God Statue is a sculptural masterpiece of Michelangelo, it is now visible again thanks to the restoration work of the hard stones factory; this important restoration together with other projects, were possible thanks to the economic support of the Friends of Florence foundation. It will be possible to see the Michelangelo Dio fluviale statue (fluvial God) at Casa Buonarroti (Michelangelo home); the three years restoration was able to bring back the ancient glory of the work and it was absolutely worth it considering that the excellent results make the statue look as if it was created with real marble.

The Fluvial God Statue by Michelangelo

This sculpture doesn’t have a marmoreal copy and this is why it has never achieved the original collocation , at the base of the funeral monuments of the Medici dukes, at San Lorenzo new sacristy.

The copy of the Michelangelo Dio fluviale statue, was created in 1526 using a mix of wood, hay, tow, soil and glue, all materials that masters used to create models that were of service as a reference to the conclusive marmoreal work. Usually, this copies were lost due to the precariousness of the materials but since that Michelangelo is one of the most important artists, this model has arrived to our days thanks to the numerous measures of restoration that have been executed since the Renaissance period.

This last restoration project was very challenging and important especially from the diagnostic point of view, using modern techniques it was possible to bring to light the white color used by Michelangelo to imitate the marmoreal effect and this gave the sculpture a stronger body visual totally unknown before.