Are Michelangelo’s works held in Britain copies?

November 14th, 2007 - 10:31 am ICT by admin  

The works constitute about 40 per cent of the world’s Michelangelos.

In a five-volume study, the three academics have questioned how could hundreds of drawings by Michelangelo be circulating worldwide when modern accounts show that the artist had burnt most of them.

They are also publishing evidence that explains how so few drawings by Michelangelo survived after his death. According to them, the documents are so dramatic that one magazine tried to suppress it.

“Scholars try to attribute an enormous amount of drawings to Michelangelo . . . Those people who believe in the large corpus are those active on the market or curators in public collections who have large Michelangelo holdings,” Times Online quoted Frank Zollner, a professor of Renaissance and Modern art at the University of Leipzig in Germany, as saying.

The findings of the academics cast doubt as to whether or not a number of sheets held by the Royal Collection, including the The Risen Christ, are real.

Dr Thomas Popper, a lecturer in art history at Leipzig, said that the right hand of the figure and its pentimenti indicated that the drawing had been copied.

“The drawing reveals what, for Michelangelo’s draughtsmanship, is a suspicious number of pentimenti, which might in fact be traceable to the copyist,” he said.

The findings of the academics, who also include Dr Thomas P

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