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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