Marty Kober, owner of a 500-year-old tempera painting, has spent the better part of 15 years trying to prove the panel is, in fact, a long-lost work by Renaissance genius Michelangelo. Where does he stand in 2017?
In 2011, Italian scholar and art historian Antonio Forcellino published The Lost Michelangelos — a book that details the discovery of two lost paintings that are believed to have been executed by Michelangelo. “Through a combination of careful historical research, extensive restoration, and meticulous radiographic analysis, Forcellino shows that these paintings can be traced back to the studio of Michelangelo,” Polity Press suggests. “The extraordinary story calls into question the received view of Michelangelo’s work and fills in a missing piece in our understanding of one of the greatest artists of all time.”
One of these paintings, which shows a deceased Christ slumped in the lap of the Virgin flanked by two angels, belongs to Marty Kober of Rochester, New York. In fact, the painting had hung over the Kober family’s mantel for years before its owner resolved to protect the painting and investigate its history. Continue reading.