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An art history blog post from Famous Paintings Reviewed.

Could a famous painting by Michelangelo hang unattributed at the Metropolitan?

With Renaissance art over four centuries old, one might think all Michelangelo paintings were known and attributed.  Wrong! 

Everett Fahy, the recently retired Chair of the European Paintings department of the Metropolitan,  michelangelo st. john baptist

St. John the Baptist Bearing Witness, ca. 1506-07.  Oil and gold on wood, 29 3/4" x 82 1/2".  Metropolitan Museum of Art.

asserts that a painting presently attributed to the workshop of Francesco Granacci (1469/70 - 1543) is actually a Michelangelo painting.  As Fahy notes,

"Michelangelo, like van Gogh, attracts a lot of crazy ideas, and people are going to say this is another absurd idea.  I'm expecting that they're going to throw brickbats."

Fahy, a pre-eminent, internationally-known scholar of Renaissance art, introduces his thesis in ARTnews.  This previews his forthcoming, 65-page article, "An Overlooked Michelangelo?". Fahy investigates a series of panels detailing the life of Saint John.  The first of these, Scenes from the Life of Saint John the Baptist, is held by the Met, and shows an angel informing Zacharias about the birth of his son, John the Baptist.  This is a "typical work by Francesco Granacci", according to the Met, which states that the second panel (possibly a pendant, or paired painting) is by "another, superior artist." 

Enter Fahy, who persuasively argues that this "superior artist" is none other than the Renaissance genius, Michelangelo. Fahy documents similarities between Michelangelo paintings and this second panel. For instance, on the right of St. John, who wears a rose-colored robe on top of his hair shirt, are two pharisees; one of them is pointing up toward michelangelo philosopher

Michelangelo.  Philosopher, ca. 1495-1500.  Pen and Brown Ink, British Museum.

Christ who enters the scene with five disciples.  This pair of pharisees, Fahy observes, resembles the Michelangelo drawing, Philosopher, at the British Museum. 

Further, the panel's St. John is evocative of Michelangelo drawings at the Louvre, Nude Man and Study for the colossal statue of David victorious.  The Met observes that figures in the panel are similar to those in the background of Dona Tondo,michelangelo doni tondo

Michelangelo.  Holy Family (Doni Tondo),ca. 1504-05.  Oil tempera on wood, approximately 47" diameter.  Galleria degli Uffizi.

one of the unquestioned, fully attributed Michelangelo paintings.

Further evidence comes from the Met's conservation department, which examined each underdrawing in the five panels. Four revealed detailed, careful preparatory drawings, while the second panel showed a more fluid and bold style like that of Michelangelo. It should be noted that in Renaissance art, especially in Florence, a commissioned artist would retain other painters to assist him; it was generally assumed that the assistants would follow designs from the lead painter, which was clearly not the case here, Michelangelo painting or not!

The evidence is leaning toward another Michelangelo attribution (although the Met still claims that this Renaissance artwork is from Granacci's circle). For more details of Fahy's persuasive argument, read the ARTnews article,  Why It's a Michelangelo.

 





Comments

Thanks for posting this.. Just my opinion as an art and art history teacher, the figures look more stiff and less fluid than Michaelangelo's drawings and paintings. I guess it could be, but it doesn't look like his style.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 16, 2010 7:15 PM by Andrea Fuentes
the only problem for fehy and his claim that the painting now attributed by the met to michelangelo friend, and otherwise, fairly minor florentine painter, granacci, is that it would be the only michelangelo that doesn't look in any way, shape or form like michelangelo. and while that sounds simplistic, it is the very simple stubborn fact that won't go away!  
 
by coincidence, the met recently exhibited the painting that has now been re-attributed as michelangelo's earliest surviing painting, done in his teens and mentioned by vasari and condivi--his two contemporary biographers---this painting was cleaned, examined and exhibited as the early michelangelo painting and keith christiansen, fahy's colleague for decades at the met, and the scholar who has now replaced fahy as the head of european paintings, went gaga over this painting, which does by contrast with the granacci, contain an underdrawing hatched in with michelangelo's early drawing style, and has other stylistic coloristic qualities associated with michelangelo,  
 
in fact, it begs the question why the met board, loaded with the very wealthy from all around the planet, who certainly are on the met for their wealth, not their art expertise, couldn't get any of its billionaires to come up with the necessary pocket change to secure this painting that the met art historians and conservators vetted and then allowed to go to texas! 
 
the painting that fahy champions would be nearly contemporary with a work as mature as the doni tondo--which the great michelangelo scholar leo steinberg has postulated may have been painting as a practice piece, once michelangelo suspected he was going have his duties shifted from papal sculptor to papal painter by julius ii.  
 
while there are some credible relations between the figures that fahy points out as "michelangelo" there is no stylistic affinity with the way michelangelo draws figures, the way he defines forms with hard sculptural outlines, and the tension which exists within his figures, in which nothing remains calm, or static, and from which his formulation of classicism so distinguishes itself from other painters, i.e. leonardo, raphael and this late example of the lyrical classicsm that dominated florentine painting in the last part of the quattrocento. 
 
to say as you do hear, that what we have here is a likely michelangelo, has no basis, as fahy's argument is so unsupported by the visual data one observes in this painting, as to leave us asking, why this michelangelo would be so devoid of anything that is essential to michelangelo's way of drawing and painting as to be unique among in h oeuvre, if indeed it were, a michelangelo?  
 
Posted @ Tuesday, December 14, 2010 6:57 AM by mm briggs
After much review, I am still skeptical that this piece is a Michelangelo. Giving this more examination there is a resemblance almost the same portrait of the bald man next to Jesus. This looks like the same face on Nicodemus in the Entombment. So now I am still skeptical but leaning towards this could very well be a Michelangelo.
Posted @ Saturday, January 01, 2011 2:43 PM by A. Charles Soto
Seems like the storm around this Michelangelo painting has subsided (or I'm not as great with Google as I thought!) The Met's collection database still attributes "St. John Bearing Witness" to the workshop of Francesco Granacci (1469-1543), but notes that its attribution may change due to ongoing research. 
 
Wish they'd share more of their research into these art paintings being researched! 
 
Susan Benford, Editor 
 
Posted @ Wednesday, January 12, 2011 5:11 PM by Susan Benford
Great post! How interesting! I agree with what Andrea said: the figures in this painting seem stiff and stylized in comparison with other works by Michelangelo. 
 
Of course the Met isn't going to immediately reject Fahy's claim. The Met would LOVE to own a painting by Michelangelo (not only for monetary reasons, but also because of the prestige attached to Michelangelo's name). Plus, they museum don't want to make Fahy look bad (since he held a prominent position at the Met, and would therefore reflect poorly on the museum). The whole situation seems a little bit sticky and political in my opinion...
Posted @ Friday, February 25, 2011 4:18 PM by M
I would like to believe this piece is by Michelangelo, but as an art history I cannot see this as being the case. The faces and brushstrokes do not match his style, the compositon itself does not stylize the attributes given to Michelangelo. The chiaroscurro along with the placement of the halo's should be an obivious indication that this painting was not done by Michelangelo. Michelangelo loved the nude figure and also the ability to show the human anotomy. The composition in this painting is entirley different not just in content but also in context. Perhaps Fahy should go to Florence and review some of Michelangeols earlier works!
Posted @ Sunday, April 17, 2011 9:01 PM by Marvin VanDam
Michelangelo never showed the least bit of interest in trees and landscape. His landscape backgrounds where they exist are usually bare rock and earth; the only time he HAD to paint a tree, the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the rest of the landscape is characteristically bare except for one dead stump. This landscape background, even if executed by an assistant, would have been totally out of character for the artist. Also the figures are too thin and non-muscular to be his.
Posted @ Monday, October 03, 2011 10:40 PM by Charles Zigmund
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