Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on March 10, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: selfie-taking vandals at the Colosseum, former Vatican worker holds stolen Michelangelo letter ransom, and ISIS mounts cyber attack on Midwestern crafts museum.

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Post image for Panther-Riding Drunks May Be Michelangelo’s Only Surviving Metal Sculptures

A pair of bronze statues of nude revelers riding panthers are the only surviving works in metal by Michelangelo, a new study claims.

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When most people are bored at work, they surf Facebook. Not so with Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick, two employees at the website creation startup Squarespace who funneled their creative energy into photographic homages to the art historical canon.

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The near-mythic name of Michelangelo conjures many things: the divine, swirling figures of the Sistine Chapel ceiling; the almost-touching hands of human and divine; Charlton Heston’s grimacing mug; a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

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FLORENCE, Italy — The city of Florence is paying homage to Jackson Pollock, well-known for his all-over syncretistic paintings, by connecting his work to that of Michelangelo’s.

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From the tombs of the Medici family to St. Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo designed several structures in his native Italy that have endured the threat of earthquakes. But the artist wasn’t anticipating the rumblings caused by hordes of tourists and automobile traffic.

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There are few better ways to piss off Italians than to insult their cultural heritage. Which is what a small American arms manufacturer named ArmaLite has done, with an ad that shows Michelangelo’s famous “David” (1501–04) sculpture toting a rifle instead of his traditional sling.

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Michelangelo’s Grocery List

by Alicia Eler on January 2, 2014

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The great Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo ate fish and bread like most everybody else.

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Weekend Words: Doubt

by Weekend Editors on July 6, 2013

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Given the checkered history of recent Michelangelo discoveries, Weekend Words proposes a round of the children’s card game “I Doubt It.”

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Michelangelo’s David Is Too Hot for Japan

by Kyle Chayka on February 6, 2013

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Okuizumo, Japan, stands paralyzed by an icon of Western art. A 16-foot-high replica of Michelangelo’s triumphant David sculpture was installed in the middle of a public park in the southern Japanese town, but locals think it might be a little bit too public.

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