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                            Speech by
  H.E. Alessandro Busacca, Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia,
at the presentation of the book “Michelangelo. La dotta mano”
             (Kuala Lumpur, 10 December 2008)




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              Kuala Lumpur, 10 December 2008




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  Speech by H.E. Alessandro Busacca, Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia,
     at the presentation of the book “Michelangelo. La dotta mano”
                   (Kuala Lumpur, 10 December 2008)
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Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr.) Francis Yeoh,
Managing Director, YTL Corporation

Mr. Fabio Lazzari,
Vice President, Fondazione FMR-Marilena Ferrari,

Distinguished guests,

It is a great pleasure for me to take part to the presentation of this unique
masterpiece “Michelangelo. La dotta mano”, already acknowledged as
among the world’s most beautiful books of art. This book is a very
meaningful celebration of the genius of Michelangelo on the occasion of the
500th anniversary of the painting of the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in
Rome.

Michelangelo was a painter, sculptor, architect, poet and even engineer. His
versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is
considered a contender for the title of the true Renaissance man, along with
his rival and fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci. Michelangelo's output in
every field during his long life was prodigious; and he was the first Western
artist whose biography was published while he was alive.

Really, to honour the memory and the art of such a man was not an easy
undertaking, but I believe that today we are celebrating a stunning success.

Allow me to say that by combining the finest craftsmanship and the most
sophisticated techniques of the Italian masters of the past with those of the
present (first of all, the art photography of Aurelio Amendola), this book
captures the very spirit not only of the art of Michelangelo but of the whole
Italian Renaissance.
The Italian Renaissance marked the opening phase of a period of great
cultural change and achievement in Italy and in Europe. The word itself
(Rinascimento in Italian) means “rebirth”, and it was marked by a renewed
interest in the culture of classical antiquity. It began in Tuscany, and
centered in the cities of Florence and Siena, and then spread to the rest of
Italy, especially Rome, and subsequently the rest of Europe. It spawned such
a variety of innovative works, thoughts and ways of life that its effects still
have influence on society today, and most likely will continue to influence
the creations of future generations as well.

The Italians of the period considered themselves to be living in a golden age,
superior to anything since the fall of the Roman Empire a thousand years
earlier, with painting, sculpture, music, poetry and architecture all
awakening to a revival after sleeping for centuries. This was the first time in
history during which artists were not just considered to be "craftspeople" but
were recognized as individual and unique talents. Artists were redefining
their views towards nature and the human form, and were experimenting at
will all sorts of new mediums.

And Michelangelo set the standards very high: he exemplified the art of
sculpting the human form, capturing expressions and emotions like no other
artist. He was a dominant force and exerted enormous influence in the art
culture of Florence and Rome in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth
centuries. The acknowledgement of his supreme artistic talent has become
legendary in his lifetime, as well as our own.

Tourists visiting Italy have the opportunity to admire the masterpieces of the
Renaissance, including Michelangelo’s, as the finest expression of the Italian
cultural heritage. But the book of art presented today, with its pursuit of
excellence and perfection, succeeds in bringing the legend of Michelangelo
as well as the spirit of the Renaissance back to life: not a relic of a glorious
past but a living tradition.

As an Italian citizen, therefore, I really feel I have to thank the Fondazione
FMR-Marilena Ferrari for conceiving such an outstanding book of art and,
as the Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia, I have to thank Tan Sri Francis
Yeoh and YTL Corporation for bringing this masterpiece to Malaysia and
for giving us the opportunity to celebrate it today.

								
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