Michelangelo in the News

March 2015

Michelangelo Sculpture Restored

During Spain's Civil War (1495-96) the only work by Michelangelo and owned by Spain was destroyed. However, the sculpture, Young Saint John the Baptist, has now been restored and is on display.
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Michelangelo Letter Being Ransomed
The Vatican has received a ransom demand for the return of a rare Michelangelo letter which contains the artists signature.
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February 2015

Two Bronze Statues Suspected to be the work of Michelangelo’s
A 500 year old sketch by an apprentice of Michelangelo's has lead experts to reexamine two nude bronzes that had at one time been attributed to Michelangelo and then dismissed. The research, and the debate continue as experts work to determine if the bronzes are by Michelangelo's hand.
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December 2014

Michelangelo’s David Threatened by Earthquakes
The Italian government plans to spend nearly $300,000 for a stronger plinth for David because of recent tremors.


June 2014

2 Crucifixes May or May Not be Michelangelo’s
The Michelangelo exhibition in Rome, at the Capitoline Museums, has sparked some debate surrounding 2 wooden crucifixes. The wooden carvings date from the 1490s and have been attributed to Michelangelo though their inclusion in the show is drawing scrutiny.  
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The Vatican Gets a New Air System to Preserve Michelangelo’s Work
With millions visiting the Sistine Chapel each year to gaze upon Michelangelo’s frescoes the amount of dust, body sweat and carbon dioxide that they are being exposed to puts the paintings at risk. A new air conditioning and lighting system is being installed to help the situation.


May 2014

Michelangelo’s David has Weak Ankles
Michelangelo’s famous statue of David is at risk of collapsing due to micro-fractures in its legs and ankles.  
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March 2014

Sketch of Sistine Chapel Discovered?
Adriano Marinazzo a scholar-in-residence at the Muscarelle Museum of Art believes that he has discovered the first sketch Michelangelo created while designing the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.


February 2014

Author Claims Michelangelo a Great Forger
Author and art historian, Thierry Lenain, suggests that Renaissance artist, Michelangelo, was a skilled forger who made copies of a variety of major works during his time and then aged them before swapping them out for the originals.
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Michelangelo Portrayed in Lego Movie
A Lego Michelangelo is among the hero figures assembled to save the world in the newly released Lego Movie.  


June 2013

New Michelangelo Sculpture Discovered
The sculpture titled, “San Giovannino” depicts young St. John the Baptist and has been an object of debate since 1930.  The statue, broken into numerous fragments, has undergone a 20 year restoration process and though some declare the piece to be a Michelangelo it is unsigned so many academics and critics are still skeptical.  

Crucifix Tentatively Attributed to Michelangelo Draws Controversy
In a few months a controversial crucifix sculpture will go on display at the Louvre with the description,”Florentine artist from c.1500. Michelangelo?”  Following laboratory testing, it has been determined that the sculpture was created around 1500.  5 specialists have examined the piece and are divided as to the artist behind the work.
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May 2013

Roy Doliner Decodes Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
Bestselling author Roy Doliner has caused a stir in the church as his findings suggest that Michelangelo had studied Jewish literature and hid symbols in his paintings.  
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April 2013

Michelangelo to Help Cut Crime in Italy
A red pencil drawing by Michelangelo is being loaned to a school located in a rough area of Naples.  It is hoped that the art will help to awaken the conscience in the youth in an area which has seen a growth in mafia gang violence.  
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Ugly Michelangelo Drawing Might Not Be His
Some 25 years ago a portrait of Cleopatra was discovered under a lovely Michelangelo sketch of Cleopatra holding an asp.  The hidden Cleopatra was surprisingly ugly and was created with poor draftsmanship.  It is now believed that the ugly drawing was perhaps one by a student of Michelangelo’s and not by the master himself.
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March 2013

Michelangelo Turns 538
March 6 is Michelangelo's birthday and the Huffington Post is sharing 10 things you didn't know about the artist.
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February 2013

“Michelangelo Models” Costly for Canada
A collection of 9 terra cotta models of sculptures were valued between $200,000 to $300,000, far short of the $30 million in tax receipts that Canadians gave to the people who donated them to the museum. It was mistakenly believed that Michelangelo had created the sculptures.
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David Needs Pants?
Some residents of Okuizumo, Japan have raised concern about a replica statue of Michelangelo’s David, which is located in a public park, and suggest that he should wear pants. The concern is about the impact of the statue’s nudity on children.
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Michelangelo Sculpture Heads to Jail
While the Castello Sforzesco is undergoing renovations, Michelangelo’s La Pietà Rondanini, will be installed at the Carcere di San Vittore, a Milanese jail. The project is drawing opposition from art historians and praise from foreign prison officials and organizations that specialize in bringing the arts to prisoners.
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