Crucifix by Michelangelo to be donated to a museum

Crucifix. M. Buonarroti. Circa 1495. Wood, carving

A small wooden crucifix by Michelangelo Buonarroti was redeemed by the government of Italy from a private collector Giancarlo Gallini. According to the results of the examination which confirmed the authorship of the great sculptor of Renaissance the object was estimated at €3 250 000. In the near future it will be transferred to one of the museums in Florence.

The first attribution of crucifix took place in 2004. Experts attributed the authorship to Michelangelo Buonarroti looking from the anatomic accuracy of details which characterize the master’s work. After the additional researches realized in 2008 the government of Italy decided to redeem the crucifix.

The critics from universities in Florence, Siena and Perugia had been realizing the attribution of the work. They believe that Michelangelo created the crucifix in about 1495 on order of one of the main patrons – Bolognese Dominicans or Lorenco di Pierfranchesko de Medici. A thirty-year old man who died shortly before the beginning of work of the sculptor, most likely, was the model for a figure of Christ. It is known that the prior of church Santo Spirita Nikolo Bikielli permitted a young Michelangelo had an opportunity to examine corpses. On December 23 – January 23, 2009 the crucifix will be exhibited in a building of parliament of republic in Rome, and then it will be donated to one of the Florentine museums – Academies or Bargello.

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