Blackpaint 104


Michelangelo’s Epifania Cartoon

Saw this today in the British Museum and I thought the figure on the right was a self-portrait of Michelangelo.  Looked up M’s self portraits on net and it seems there’s quite a number of them, including one spotted by a Simon Abrahams on the torso of St Peter in “The Last Judgement”.  I couldn’t see it for the life of me, but you may want to check it out for yourselves.  A Professor de Luca has identified another self portrait in “The Crucifixion of St. Peter” – this time, it’s a man on horseback in a blue turban.  Then, of course, there is the famous flayed skin of St Lawrence.  You can find all these easily by googling “Michelangelo self portraits”.

Anyway,  my contender is below (chap with beard on right, identified as St.Joseph, Christ’s “father”); surprising that no experts have spotted it in 500 years.  The picture, the Epifania (epiphany) cartoon was originally thought to show the three Magi, but now it is unsure what it depicts.  the child between the woman’s legs is thought to be Christ, the other the infant John the Baptist.

Short blog today – long one tomorrow on more British Museum stuff (the 100 objects of world history thing) plus more dubious ramblings about German Expressionists.

here’s my old painting for today…

Blackpaint

Easter Monday 2010

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