Another Michelangelo Masterpiece

A masterpiece of Renaissance painters, Michelangelo, has been rediscovered in Champion Hall, a building at Oxford University in England, so claims an Italian scholar, as quoted by the BBC on Monday (7/11/2011).

Paintings depicting the events of "The Crucifixion of Jesus" was previously believed to be the work of Marcello Venusti, an Italian painter of the 14th century known for successfully copying famous works of Michelangelo, "Last Judgement".

However, Antonio Forcellino, a scholar from Italy, revealed the results of investigations which uses infrared rays to show who the actual creator of that masterpiece. As a result, now the painting has been transferred to the Ashmolean Museum for security reasons.


Crucifixion with the Madonna, John, and Two Angels of Mourning
"It is a beautiful work, but too valuable to continue to display in our wall," said the manager of Champion's Hall, Fr Brendan Callaghan SJ.

According to him, the painting titled "Crucifixion with the Madonna, John, and Two Angels of Mourning" (Crucifixion With The Madonna, St John And Two Mourning Angels) it should indeed not be hung on the wall they are building it.

"Quite simply, leave it hanging on our wall is not a good idea," he added.

In his book, Forcelino confidently assert that the painting as grand as it can only be produced by Michaelangelo.

"Nobody can paint like that except Michelangelo masterpiece," wrote Forcelino in his book entitled The Lost Michaelangelos.

The painting itself was purchased by the managers of the Champions Hall in an auction at Sotheby's in the era of the 1930s.

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