A Michelangelo Discovery

Andrew Lacey has recently been working with a group of experts from the UK, Europe and the United States in order to test, debate and discuss the proposed attribution of the Rothschild bronzes to Michelangelo at a public symposium, held at Downing College, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Dr Robert van Langh, Head of Conservation at the Rijksmuseum undertook technical investigations of the insides of the bronzes (via neutron images) and sculptor and bronze caster Andrew Lacey conducted casting trials of the older nude figure in order to test the manufacturing hypotheses of the conservation scientists.

As a result of the work carried out by the group, and their important discoveries, the Rothschild bronzes have now been attributed to Michelangelo.

For more information, there is a new book available: Michelangelo, Sculptor in Bronze: The Art, Anatomy, Technology and Design of the Rothschild Bronzes. Click on the bottom image link to read the Philip Wilson publisher's catalogue.

Andrew Lacey