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Entertaining, Inspiring, and Encouraging People with Michelangelo AI: A Conversation with Rita Filardi

Lorenzo Meriggi / July 2, 2020

Why is it important to Michelangelo’s thoughts and beliefs to life? What’s the process of answering questions received through Michelangelo AI? What can AI provide for an organization like Opera del Duomo in the future? And finally, which other artists have contributed to the monuments supervised by the Opera? These questions were discussed in an interview between Francesco Rulli, Global CEO of Querlo, and Rita Filardi, Museum and Collections Manager at the Opera del Duomo. 

The Opera del Duomo is a monumental complex located in Florence, Italy and holds and protects many of the original works created for the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. These works include the Brunelleschi Dome, the ancient Santa Reparata Basilica, the Giotto Bell Tower, the Baptistry, among others. The artists that have contributed to these monuments include  Michelangelo, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello and more. Recently, Francesco has taken on the role of Chief Digital and Cognitive Officer of the Opera del Duomo. He has been working alongside Rita and her team to develop the Michelangelo AI. 

Rita began by discussing the importance of AI for Michelangelo’s legacy and how it can help people around the world who want to learn more about the artist’s life. In the post-COVID era especially, it is important to find new ways to entertain, inspire, and encourage people to learn more about art and culture. Francesco agreed and added that the goal of Michelangelo AI is to provide people with access to information about his life and the opportunity to ask questions of their own.

Thinking about what AI could provide for the Opera, Rita believes it will be a very effective system for people all around the world and hopefully encourage them to visit.