Earliest Known Michelangelo Painting Acquired by the Kimbell Art Museum

Left: Infrared reflectogram mosaic of Michelangelo, The Torment of Saint Anthony, c. 1487–88. Oil and tempera on panel, 18 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. Right: X-radiograph of Michelangelo, The Torment of Saint Anthony, c. 1487–88. Oil and tempera on panel, 18 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

Michelangelo’s painting of The Torment of Saint Anthony, described by his earliest biographers, has been acquired by the Kimbell Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. Its purchase was announced today by the Kimbell’s newly appointed director, Dr. Eric McCauley Lee. Executed in oil and tempera on a wooden panel, this work is the first painting by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) to enter an American collection, and one of only four known easel paintings generally believed to come from his hand. The others are the Doni Tondo in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery and two unfinished paintings in London’s National Gallery, The Manchester Madonna and The Entombment.

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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.

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