Crouching Boy on loan to Alda Fendi's Rhinoceros from Hermitage in St Petersburg.Michelangelo's Crouching Boy, known as l'Adolescente in Italian, comes to Rome for the first time, on loan from the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.
The marble masterpiece is on public display until 10 March at the newly-opened Rhinoceros, home of the Fondazione Alda Fendi-Esperimenti near the Circus Maximus.
The statue arrived in Rome thanks to a three-year agreement between the Hermitage and the Alda Fendi Foundation, with an art work on loan from the Russian museum each year. In 2019 Fendi will receive St Peter and St Paul, painted by El Greco between 1587 and 1592, followed in 2020 by a (currently unidentified) work by Picasso.
Michelangelo's 54-cm high masterpiece, created around 1530, returns to Italy for only the second time in 230 years, following its display in 2000 at the Uffizi in Florence. The statue made its way to Russia in 1787 after being purchased by Empress Catherine II.
The cutting-edge Rhinoceros art centre, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, is open daily, for free, from 10.00-19.00.