New Study Illustrates Michelangelo’s Skill as Master Forger

February 10th, 2014

Michelangelo, via The IndependentA new historical study is providing evidence that Michelangelo’s abilities as an artist may have been paralleled by equally exceptional skills as an art forger.  Historian Thierry Lenain of the Institut Français in London has just published a book tracing the history of forgeries in art, and notes the Italian master’s reputation as a skilled forger, often exposing paintings to smoke or dirt to make them look considerably aged.  “He admired these originals for the excellence of their art and sought to surpass them,”  Lenain says.Read more at The Independent