The restoration of Michelangelo's unfinished second of three Pietàs has been completed in Florence's Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and has exploded the myth that he took a hammer to it out of anger at its lack of perfection, instead saying the Renaissance genius abandoned it due to flaws in the marble. The great painter and sculptor completed the work...

Michelangelo, the artist symbol of the Renaissance, is famous mainly for his work on the Sistine Chapel (ceiling and Last Judgement), and for the sculptures of La Pietà and the David. Michelangelo thought of himself primarily as a sculptor. And if you wish to delve deeper into the life and work of a genius whose art has influenced Western culture g...

You don't have to fly all the way to Italy to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous Sistine Chapel this summer.  Full-sized replicas of the iconic Michelangelo piece are popping up in cities across the U.S., making it easier than ever to envelop yourself in the world-famous work of art without having to navigate crowded airports, flight cancellations, o...

Experts at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London have uncovered what may be Michelangelo’s fingerprint on a wax sculpture attributed to the Renaissance artist. Staff unveiled the find in the first episode of the new season of “Secrets of the Museum,” a BBC Two documentary series about the V&A. As David Sanderson reports for the London Time...

Michelangelo Buonarroti's dream of a bridge linking Palazzo Farnese with Villa Farnesina will finally be realised thanks to a project by French artist Olivier Grossetête. Made from cardboard, the 'Ponte Farnese' will be suspended over Rome's Tiber with three large helium balloons, connecting the French embassy with Villa Farnesina on the other side...

Festival Hall is displaying 34 iconic pieces of art from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel as part of an illuminating exhibit. “We created this event so you could go at your own pace, see what you want, explore what you want, and immerse yourself,” said Eric Leong, a producer of the Sistine Chapel event. The exhibit has been on display all over the wor...

Every year, millions visit Michelangelo's famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Millions more people flock to his statue of David in Florence. "There's been an emphasis upon Michelangelo as the 'divine', the creator of these great works of art — truly awesome works — that we tend to forget that there was a human being behind these creation...

In 1520, Cardinal Giulio de’ Medici—soon to be Pope Clement VII—commissioned Michelangelo to construct an ornate tomb for his family. In addition to creating a marble interior whose “strange proportions and thicknesses” defied classical conventions, per Encyclopedia Britannica, the Renaissance artist sculpted likenesses of two Medici dukes (Giulian...

If a trip to Italy to see the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel frescoes is not on the horizon, no worries. The Sistine Chapel frescoes are headed our way. And it may just be the most intimate, up-close-and-personal, no-scaffolding-required way to experience the ceiling masterpiece by the Italian artist-sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti. “Michelangelo’s Sist...

Gianluigi Colalucci was 91 years old when he died in Rome on March, 28. The former chief restorer of the Vatican Museums spent 14 years of his life brining Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel back to life. Colalucci made his mark in history by erasing the dulling marks of history from masterpieces. Centuries of dust, soot from candles, an...