An art historian claims to have discovered a red chalk drawing by Michelangelo that may be a preparation for part of a fresco in the Sistine Chapel (1508-12) in the Vatican.
Paul Joanidis, professor emeritus of art history at the University of Cambridge, is due to publish his research in The Burlington Magazine, which links a drawing of a naked man, seen from behind, to one of the snake-fighting figures on part of The Worship of Serpent ceiling. the Brazen Serpent). Other experts in the field are still waiting to see the drawing with their own eyes before making an assessment, writes The Art Newspaper.
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Joanidis said: “For an artist as great as Michelangelo, any new discovery has a certain level of excitement. But this drawing by Michelangelo belongs to one of the greatest masterpieces of Western art.”
He explains that the work shows the male figure from a different angle, but matches the painting on the ceiling when rotated 90 degrees clockwise.
The drawing came about after its owner, an anonymous European collector, sent a photograph to Joanidis through an intermediary. The work was acquired in private ownership in 2014, when it was tentatively attributed to Rosso Fiorentino, a follower of Michelangelo in the 16th century. The piece is embossed with collector’s marks such as “JCR” referring to the 19th century connoisseur and artist Sir John Charles Robinson.
Other important comparative studies done in red chalk relating to Michelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel are in the collection of the Ashmole Museum, Oxford.
Michelangelo di Francesco di Neri di Miniato del Sera and Lodovico di Leonardo di Buonarroti Simoni is the name of one of the most famous and talented artists, sculptors, masters not only of the High Renaissance, but of the entire European art history. For his 88 years, he made a real revolution in sculpture and left an incredible creative legacy.
However, the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican brought the real and greatest glory to the artist. It was built in the 15th century by order of Pope Sixtus IV.
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