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Cecchino dei Bracci

Cecchino dei Bracci
Cecchino Bracci.
Cecchino Bracci (real name Francesco de Zanobi Bracci) was a
pupil of Michelangelo. He died at the age of sixteen at Rome on
the 8th of January 1544 and is buried in Santa Maria in Aracoeli.
After Cecchino's death, his uncle Luigi del Riccio felt the blow
severely. On 12 January del Riccio wrote to his friend Donato
Gionnoti, at Vicenza: "Alas, my friend Donato! Our Cecchio is
dead. All Rome weeps. Michelangelo is making for me the design
of a decent sepulture in marble; and I pray you to write me the
epitaph, and to send it to me with a consolatory letter, if time
permits, for my grief has distraught me. Patience! I live with a
thousand and a thousand deaths each hour. O God! How has
Fortune changed his aspect!"
As a response to Luigi, Michelangelo composed more than
forty-two epigrams for four lines each. The family Bracci had
moved to Florence in 1395 from Vinci In the XVI century they
were among the rich bankers families friends of the Medici. They
had acquired palazzo Neroni in via de' Ginori and a chapel in
Santa Maria Novella. Filippo, brother of Cecchino married Costanza Soderini. The family, related to the famous
Fortebraccio da Montone, hosted him, in 1418. "Fortebraccio stayed with his relatives". The Pope Martino V had
invited Fortebraccio to Florence to remove the excomunication moved against him. Cecchino went to Rome with his
uncle Luigi del Riccio, to be introduced to the papal court. During his staying he met some of the major Florentine
artists working in the city.
Pope Paulus III had spent a long time in Florence hosted by the Medici and was introduced to the great Florentine
art world Cechino's beauty and manners made him soon to be loved in the papal court. When he died in 1544, his
uncle Luigi del Riccio, was devastated and begged his friend Michelangelo, to design the tomb and to write some
verses as epitaph. He was buried in the church of the Ara Coeli the most ancient and sacred church in Rome.
References in Michelangelo's Poetry
Bracci is seen in Michelangelo's poem G.193 where he laments that he never got to really know him. He states:
Scarce had I seen for the first time his eyes,
Which to your living eyes were life and light,
When, closed at last in death's injurious night,
He opened then on God in Paradise.
Cecchino dei Bracci
The tomb
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