Michelangelo river god revealed after 50 years

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A fragile river god by Michelangelo has been restored after lying neglected in a basement storeroom below Casa Buonarroti in Florence for some 50 years.

Michelangelo river god revealed after 50 years
Restored model of river god by Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1526-1527, Casa Buonarroti, Florence 
[Credit: Academy of Art and Design]

The statue, whose bronze coating was removed and deteriorated earthenware structure was restored to its original marble over three years, will soon be displayed in a major Renaissance show at Palazzo Strozzi before finding a home at Florence’s Academy of Art and Design.

The restoration was led by Rosanna Moradei and took place at Florence’s elite restoration workshop, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure.

It was funded by some 32,000 euros from the not-for-profit foundation Friends of Florence.

Source: ANSA [July 14, 2017]

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