Teenage Michelangelo's Masterpiece: Recent attribution brings the Renaissance superstar to Texas

  • September 26, 2009 15:51

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The newly attributed Michelangelo at Kimbell Art Museum

FORT WORTH - After recent research revealed the artist's identity, Kimbell Art Museum has hung a stunning discovery. "We have the only Michelangelo painting in the Western Hemisphere," Kimbell Director Eric M. Lee said. "There are only four known easel paintings that he created. That’s as rare as you can get. A Leonardo [da Vinci] painting would not be as rare." The piece — an 18-by-13-inch oil painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony, is believed to be Michelangelo’s first known work.

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