The remains of Fernando Botero arrived last night in Bogotá for the start of a week of tributes that will take place in the capital and Medellín. The coffin will be taken to a chapel of rest in the Capitol and public access will be allowed from today until Monday, when a liturgical ceremony will be held in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception presided over by the archbishop of Bogotá, Luis José Rueda, with the presence of the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, and of Botero’s children.
His connection with Italy
On Monday, the painter and sculptor’s coffin will be taken to the Botero Museum before being transferred to Medellín, his hometown, where it will be honored in the Antioquia Museum, with public access. Finally, the body of the artist who died at the age of 91 will be cremated in Medellín and his ashes will subsequently be transferred to the cemetery of Pietrasanta, in Tuscany, his final resting place, where he will rest next to his wife Sophia Vari. Botero, in fact, loved Italy, to the point that he and his wife bought a house in the Tuscan town, known as Little Athens, due to the concentration of sculptors, marble quarries and foundries, where every summer the whole family met to spend a period together.