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Two Michelangelo works identified in Sistine Chapel


Two decorative works in the Sistine Chapel have been identified for the first time as the work of Michelangelo.

Catholic World News reports that in an account of the restoration of the Sistine Chapel due for publication in Italian later this month, Arnold Nesselrath says that he has positively identified two marble pieces as the work of Michelangelo.

One is a candelabra, while the other is a decorative piece at the top of the grill that separates the Chapel into two parts: one reserved for the liturgy, the other for the public.

Nesselrath, a director of the Vatican Museums who supervised the restoration of the Sistine Chapel in a meticulous project during the early 1990s, said that Michelangelo had probably produced these two decorative works during the same period when he was working on the tomb of Pope Julius II, around 1503-1523. Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the chapel vault in 1512, and finished his celebrated fresco of the Last Judgment much later, in 1541.

SOURCE
Two Michelangelo works identified in Sistine Chapel (Catholic World News 23/2/04)

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24 Feb 2004