Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Kimbell Acquires Earliest Michelangelo.

The Torment St Anthony

Another reason to love Fort Worth? I think so. The Kimbell Art Museum is as good as they get, and considering the size of our city, you just can't ask for much more.

Here's a summary of the story pulled from the Fort Worth Business Press. Link following.

Long held in private hands, apart from isolated showings during the 19th and 20th centuries, The Torment of St. Anthony has been hailed, by turns, as both a prototypical Michelangelo and as a work of questionable pedigree. The consensus today holds with Michelangelo.

A 2008 Sotheby’s auction in London offered the painting in a preliminary range of $200,000-$300,000. Once the acceptance of authenticity had spread, a bidding frenzy surged to approximately $2 million, paid by a New York-based dealer named Adam Williams. Williams cinched the authenticity further with a regimen of X-ray examinations, which revealed alterations that can only belong to a primary-source work-in-progress.

The painting will settle into a permanent home at Fort Worth’s Kimbell following a showing during the summer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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