Friday, September 4, 2009

The Torment of St. Anthony... catch it before it's gone

Michelangelo's first painting is on display at the Metropolitan Museum through this coming Monday. Definitely a treat to see "a first" of this great master(as so claimed by his biographer). Michelangelo's The Torment of St. Anthony is a copy of a famous engraving by artist Martin Schongauer. The painting has been under much scrutiny due to discoloring varnish and over paints. To accompany this masterpiece is a technical examination and scholarly analysis done by the museums conservators and curators. Take a bit of time this holiday weekend to escape to a place of "firsts" and try and imagine where he was thinking this would take him.

Above, The Torment of Saint Anthony
, ca. 1487–88. Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Lent by The Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth.

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