Thursday, April 23, 2009

Is It Really by Michelangelo?

There has been some controversy and debate regarding a small wooden crucifix that has been attributed to Michelangelo. This crucifix made its public debut at the end of last year, and was recently bought by the Italian state for $4.2 million.

Like some experts mentioned in this recent article, I'm skeptical that this is an actual work by Michelangelo. Vasari's biography doesn't mention anything about the artist making small wooden statues.

I'd be interested in learning more about the people who advised the Italian government to buy this piece. If this statue isn't by Michelangelo, the Italian state has spent an unnecessary amount of money for this small, but pretty, statue.