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Michelangelo’s illustrated grocery list

Apparently Michelangelo would illustrate his grocery lists so his illiterate servants would know what to buy at the market. It’s not that surprising once you think about it, yet it is still intriguing to see that one of the greatest artists ever plied his craft for even the most mundane tasks.

The controversial decision to finish Michelangelo work

Way back in 1515, Pope Leo X commissioned Michelangelo to build a facade for a church. However, due to costs the project was never completed and all that remains are sketches and a wooden model. Now the mayor of Florence wants to initiate a project to finish the work, which

Railway construction threatens Michelangelo’s David

Michelangelo's David is in danger of collapsing due to the building a high-speed train line beneath Florence, Italy. The statue is riddled with tiny cracks, particularly in the ankles of the boy warrior, and could collapse as a result of vibrations from the 1.4 billion euro project, which is due to

Michelangelo’s margin notes

The Telegraph has posted an interesting piece about the insights into Michelangelo that can be gleaned from his sketchbook margin notes. The Renaissance artist is best known for great works such as the statue of David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling but he also left behind around 600 cartoons and drawings. The

Original model for Michelangelo’s Pieta found

An art historian has claimed to have found the original model created by Michelangelo for his Pieta statue in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. The terracotta model, which is about 12 inches tall and dates from the late 1400s, was found in a mouldy box in an antiques shop

Michelangelo’s David’s secret weapon

New research is suggesting that Michelangelo's statue of David may have held an unknown weapon in his right-hand. “Bulging with veins, the right hand is holding what remains of a terrible weapon used in antiquity until the 17th century,” art historians Sergio Risaliti and Francesco Vossilla wrote in the book

Michelangelo’s David placed in its intended home

A fiberglass replica of Michelangelo's statue of David has been errected up on the roof of Florence Catherdral, in the spot originally intended for the masterpiece. Standing on a pedestal high up by Florence Cathedral’s dome, a 400-kilogram (800-pound) fiberglass reproduction of Michelangelo’s David has shown today how the towering

$300 million Michelangelo painting found behind couch

A painting found behind a family sofa might be an original Michelangelo worth $300 million. The unfinished painting of Jesus and Mary has long been in the family of US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Martin Kober, who lives in Buffalo, New York. He and his relatives nicknamed it "The Mike"