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Alessandro Cecchi, born in Florence in 1949, graduated from the University of Florence in 1976 alongside Mina Gregori. He emerged as a distinguished scholar in the international field after winning the national competition for entry into the Administration of Cultural Heritage.

Cecchi’s career includes serving as Inspector at the Superintendency of Siena (1980-1982) and later as Director of the Department of Painting at the Uffizi Gallery (1982-2006). During this period, he focused on art from the Middle Ages to the end of the fifteenth century.

From 2006 to 2013, he held the position of Director of the Boboli Gardens, overseeing the census and restoration of sculptural heritage from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Additionally, he directed the Palatine Gallery of Palazzo Pitti from 2009 to 2014, concentrating on the restoration and valorization of the painting collection.

Cecchi left his service in June 2014 upon reaching the age limit but returned in February 2016 as the Director of the Casa Buonarroti Foundation, appointed by Dr. Pina Ragionieri. He is a recognized specialist in Florentine art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with contributions to various catalogs and monographs on artists such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Masaccio.

His diverse roles include curatorships for exhibitions in Italy and abroad, focusing on artists like Filippino Lippi, Sandro Botticelli, and Michelangelo. He also played a crucial role in creating the “Buonarrotiana” book series, with publications on Michelangelo and the Buonarroti family.

Currently overseeing the renovation of the Casa Buonarroti Museum, Cecchi is involved in the restoration of works, introducing new lighting, bilingual panels, and modern furnishings. He is actively engaged in the scientific cataloging of Michelangelo’s drawings, aiming to enhance the Casa Buonarroti collection.

"As guardians of culture, our mission is to revive forgotten masterpieces, ensuring art's timeless legacy inspires across generations."

"Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it."

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