Seeing the words “Michelangelo” and “forgery” in the same sentence isn’t perhaps that surprising: in 500 years, there have definitely been people who tried to imitate the masterful hand of Italy’s most celebrated artist. Picturing Michelangelo as a forger, however, may be harder, even though there are plenty of sources – some reputable, some, perha...

If you only see one statue on your trip to Italy, Michelangelo’s David is the one to see. Hailed as an instant classic from the day it was unveiled in 1504 (“….to tell the truth, this work eclipsed all other statues both modern and ancient,” wrote the great art historian Giorgio Vasari) its prestige has only grown in the ensuing 500 years. It’s a w...

A new art exhibit featuring the works of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel is coming to Nashville later this month.  A round trip ticket to Rome these days is close to $2,000, but a ride to Opry Mills is a lot less. Either way, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel will be waiting for you. Technology today's photographic passion and unique printing technique g...

When Michelangelo the Younger commissioned a 5-month pregnant Artemisia Gentileschi to paint the Allegory of Inclination on Casa Buonarroti’s ceiling, the fee was three times that of her male counterparts. Her allegorical depiction represented just one of many 'virtues' painted to commemorate the qualities of ‘the Divine Michelangelo’. And it had A...

We are between 1547 and 1555. Michelangelo sculpts the Pietà in a single large block of white marble. It depicts the Virgin and Mary Magdalene receiving the body of Christ, deposed from the cross by the elderly Nicodemus. Buonarroti, in his seventies, thought that the sculpture could be placed on the altar where he wanted to be buried. But then, un...

On January 25, 1504, a small committee of influential Florentines came together to decide on a location for a massive, brand-new statue of the Biblical hero David. Its creator, Michelangelo, had begun working on the 17-foot-tall sculpture under the impression that it would be placed on the rooftop of the Florence Cathedral. When builders proved una...

One of the most talked about attractions at the world’s fair under way in Dubai is a towering statue made of marble dust that’s raising eyebrows just as the original did more than 500 years ago. At Italy’s pavilion, a 3D replica of Michelangelo’s David stands tall, his gaze intense and defiant. For most visitors, though, David’s head is all they wi...

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...