TORONTO – The project to restore an unfinished statue left behind by Renaissance master Michelangelo is finally complete.
The deposition, also known as the Bandini Pieta, is over two meters long, weighs about 2,700 kg and was engraved in the mid-16th century. It shows a figure of Jesus Christ held by his mother, Mary Magdalene, and a third figure whose face is a rare self-portrait of Michelangelo himself.
The sculpture was originally intended to decorate the artist’s tomb.
Timothy Verdon, director of the Opera del Duomo museum in Florence, Italy, where the sculpture was restored, told Granthshala National News, “It is a deeply personal work that he wanted to express his spirit even after he died.” “He was very old when it started. He was 80 when he stopped working on it.
There is a myth that Michelangelo was so dissatisfied with the sculpture that he tried to destroy it.
“He began to doubt that the art to which he had devoted his life was sufficient justification for that life,” Verdon said. “He no longer had complete faith in what he was doing.”
But the museum found no evidence that Michelangelo had attempted to damage the piece. Instead, it’s more likely that he stopped working on it because of flaws in the marble.
For the past two years, museum visitors were able to watch its restoration live as workers used cotton swabs dipped in deionized hot water to remove centuries of dirt and candle wax.
Now, the public can view the restored, unfinished, masterpiece through guided tours at the museum from September 25 to March 30.