"Lost" Michelangelo Found in Jesuit Residence
Again. That makes (at least) three masterpieces found in Jesuit residences, including a Caravaggio in Ireland and a Tintoretto in Pennsylvania. We really have to start paying more attention. Here's the story from the BBC.
A lost painting by Renaissance artist Michelangelo has been hanging in a University of Oxford residence, an Italian scholar claims. The Campion Hall painting, which depicts the crucifixion, had been thought to be by Marcello Venusti. But Antonio Forcellino said infra-red technology had revealed the true creator of the masterpiece. It has been removed from a wall of the Jesuit academic community and sent to the Ashmolean Museum for safekeeping.
The master of Campion Hall, Father Brendan Callaghan, said: "It's a very beautiful piece, but far too valuable to have on our wall any more." He said he greeted the development that the work - called Crucifixion With The Madonna, St John And Two Mourning Angels - could be a Michelangelo with "a mixture of excitement and slight concern". "Simply having it hanging on our wall wasn't a good idea," he explained.
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