Michelangelo sketch enlisted to fight Camorra mafia

'Leda' on display at a school outside Naples

Michelangelo sketch enlisted to fight Camorra mafia

Rome, April 8 - Interior Minister Annamaria Cancellieri on Monday hailed an initiative to combat the mafia through art involving the display of a famous Michelangelo sketch at a school in the Naples area. Leda is to go on display at the Matilde Serao institute in Casavatore in the heartland of the Camorra crime syndicate as part of the project 'The Renaissance Against Mafia Organisations' from April 24-June 2. "The battle against mafia organisations and illegality can also be won by arousing conscience with art and culture," Cancellieri said. "To bring Michelangelo to such a difficult area is a lovely idea," she continued. "The art masters transmit emotions and young people can reflect on the value of beauty, thereby arriving at a form of rebirth". Michelangelo produced Leda as a preparatory sketch for a painting that is now lost. It is considered one of the most important graphic works by the Renaissance master.

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