LET’S REALLY LOOK AT THIS STORY THAT HAS COME OUT
Two previously unknown bronzes by Michelangelo are being unveiled at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, on Monday. They are believed to be the only bronzes the master created that are still in existence. Each of the roughly three-foot-tall sculptures depicts a naked man riding on the back of a Panther.
OKAY-WE HAVE A DESCRIPTION
For years, the pair have simply been known as the Rothschild Bronzes.
HERE IT COMES…..THE OPINIONS AND THE ASSUMPTIONS OF WHEN AND WHERE-BECAUSE THE MALE FIGURES ARE “STRICKINGLY REDOLENT” OF THE DAVID
VERY INTERESTING THEY JUST HAPPENED TO BE AT THE FITZ-WILLIAM UNIVERSITY WHICH IS NOW CASHING IN ON THIS WITH THE STORY BROKEN BY THE LONDON NEWSPAPERS
But, a lengthy analysis carried out by researchers at Cambridge has suggested that, in fact, they were created by Michelangelo in the first decade of the 16th century. This means the works would have been created just after he finished David—of which the male figures depicted in the bronzes are strikingly redolent—and just before the artist began work on the Sistine Chapel.
GEE, THE BRITISH BUYER AT AUCTION IN 2002 DOESN’T WANT TO BE KNOWN AND OF COURSE THEY WERE SOLD AT SOTHEBY’S. WHO MISTAKENLY MISATTRIBUTED THEM. DIDN’T THE LONDON COURTS AWARD A WIN TO SOTHEBY’S I POSTED LAST WEEK WHERE THE LONDON JUDGE DIDN’T PUNISH SOTHEBY’S FOR MISATTRIBUTION OF A CARAVAGGIO BECAUSE SOTHEBY’S AUTETHENTICATOR’S ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FANTASTIC? AND THE BUYER GOT SHAFTED?
The bronzes were last sold at auction in 2002. A British buyer, who has asked not to be named following their attribution to Michelangelo, purchased them from a private French collector, who had, in turn, received them upon the death of Maurice de Rothschild in 1957. At the time of the sale, Sotheby’s mistakenly attributed them to have an association with 16th-century sculptor Benvenuto Cellini.
OH, A TINY LITTLE FIGURE IN A CORNER OF A DRAWING DONE BY MICKEY’S APPRENTICE IS THE WHOLE REASON THESE ARE NOW REAL
It was a drawing at the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France, that initiated the full scale investigation into the bronzes’ origins. Created by one of Michelangelo’s apprentices, the drawing depicts what experts have since concluded is one of the two bronzes in one of its corners.
HERE COMES THE “SCIENCE”-GEE-THEY ARE OLD AND THE BEST-“OLD FASHIONED HISTORICAL EXPERTISE”-AKA OPINIONS MAKE THESE REAL NOW.
A mix of high-tech science—a neutron scan, which confirmed the bronzes’ age—and old fashioned art historical expertise sealed the deal. Speaking to the Guardian ahead of the bronzes’ unveiling, Cambridge University’s Victoria Avery said, “They are clearly masterpieces. The modelling is superb, they are so powerful and so compelling, so whoever made them had to be superb.”
NO ONE WANTS TO LOOK LIKE AN “IDIOT”
However, Avery and her colleagues didn’t rush to confirm the Michelangelo attribution. “You have to be pretty brave to even contemplate that they could be work by an artist of the magnificence and fame and importance of Michelangelo,” she said. “We decided to be rather cautious, to be very careful and methodical […] nobody wants to be shot down and to look like an idiot.”
EXCEPT WHEN YOU CAN MAKE A TON OF MONEY HAVING AN EXHIBITION SUDDENLY? ANYONE KNOW WHAT THE FINANCES OF THIS UNIVERSITY IS AT THE MOMENT?
At this point, all signs suggest that the attribution will stick.
IT WILL ONLY STICK IF PEOPLE KEEP REPEATING IT ENOUGH TIMES.
AND THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE FOLKS! VOILA! THE ONLY KNOWN MICHELANGELO BRONZES! FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL! MAKE YOU A BET THEY ARE UP FOR SALE AT AUCTION AT SOTHEBY’S ASAP, AFTER THE MONEY IS MADE AT THE EXHIBITIONS