Artist: Michelangelo

Test: neutron scan, research


In 2015 a pair of Michelangelo bronzes were displayed at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge for the first time. The sculptures of two men riding panthers, are believe to be the only surviving bronzes by the Renaissance master. A team of international scholars engaged in the study in order to solve the mystery of the sculptures. Scientific testing included a neutron scan in Switzerland, which dated the bronzes to the 16th century. Researchers then found drawings by Michelangelo that matched the sculptures. They believe that Michelangelo made the bronzes between 1506 and 1508, when he was in need of money. While the sculptures were disputed for decades, new research and testing have helped to confirm long-term speculation that the bronzes are in fact by Michelangelo and not another Renaissance artist.

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