Michelangelo Painting Acquired by Kimbell Art Museum in Texas

The Kimbell Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas has secured the rights to Michelangelo’s first painting, ‘The Torment of Saint Anthony.’ This rare find is something to showcase, since Kimbell will be the first U.S. museum to display a Michelangelo original.wink

Initially, this piece was purchased by an art dealer unaware of the artist behind the work, until it was suggested by a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that it could be the work of the famous Renaissance artist.

Through rigorous research and authentication by historians, it has finally been determined that this is not only Michelangelo’s handy work, but also his first original painting at that dating from the 15th century. Meaning he was only 12 or 13 years old at the time of creation. To date there are only four art pieces of the like in circulation, including this one, which makes this discovery even more special.

“This could not be a rarer object,” Eric M. Lee, Director of the Kimbell Museum, said. “That’s why this is such an extraordinary opportunity.” —Google News

For those LUX-art enthusiasts, you can see this early work of art at a summer exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York or this fall at the Kimbell in Fort Worth.

For more information, visit Kimbell Art Museum.

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