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Michelangelo’s First Painting

Following a sale in 2008 and a cleaning at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, scientific investigation has left many scholars now believing that the painting known as The Torment of St. Anthony, is the first known painting by the Italian master, Michelangelo.  The oil and tempera painting on a wood panel, which was created between 1487 and 1488, depicts Saint Anthony in midair being beaten and tormented by demons.  If Michelangelo is indeed the artist behind the painting he would have been a boy of only 12 or 13 years at the time he painted it.  The Torment of St. Anthony is one of only 4 easel, or free-standing, …..

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Michelangelo’s Faithful Assistant

Michelangelo had a number of assistants throughout the years.  When working on the Sistine Chapel ceiling he hired and fired numerous assistants who would mix his paints, prepare plaster, and climb up and down the ladders delivery needed supplies.  Occasionally an assistant whom Michelangelo felt had some talent would be permitted to paint a patch of sky, a segment of landscape or a minimal figure.  Michelangelo found that most of these helpers failed to meet sufficient uniformity of style and they were dismissed.  Other than the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo also allowed assistants to help with finishing touches on sculptures.  One of these most trusted men, whom Michelangelo held a special …..

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Michelangelo and Vittoria Colonna

Sometime around 1538, at about the age of 60, Michelangelo was introduced to Vittoria Colonna, Marchesa di Pescara, about age 45.  Vittoria was the widow of the imperial general Ferrante Francesco d’Avalos, a descendant of one of the oldest families of Italy and a member of the Viterbo Circle, a religious group that wanted the church to base theology of salvation on grace rather than works.  His friendship with Vittoria gained Michelangelo admittance into her social circles and introduced him to issues dealing with church reform. Michelangelo and Vittoria shared a loving platonic relationship until her death in 1547.  She was one of Michelangelo’s closest friends, and only female companion.  …..

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