Michelangelo’s “lost” sculpture restored – the unveiling is the 24th and 25th of June, in Florence


A team of specialists from the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence has completed the difficult restoration of Michelangelo’s “San Giovannino” – a sculpture made by a young Michelangelo, which ended up in the La Capilla de El Salvador, in Úbeda, Andalucia. The statue was … seriously damaged – it was blown to bits – during the Spanish civil war in 1936.

A conference is planned to unveil the painstaking restoration of the marble, on the 24th and 25th of June, 2014, in Florence, at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. The restoration was particularly difficult as only fragments remained.

Art historian Francesco Cagliotti believes it is Michelangelo’s lost “San Giovannino” mentioned in “fonti cinquecentesche” – the historical records of the time. The sculpture, depicting a young St John, the Baptist, was thought lost; a definitive attribution is still debated. An article – in Italian – appeared, in the last weeks, in the prestigious daily “Il Sole 24 Ore,”detailing the scholarly findings (“Il Michelangelo finito in Spagna”), we link it here.

View the complete program of the two-day conference (in Italian) on the Opificio delle Pietre Dure’s website, linked here.

The before and after photos of Michelangelo’s “San Giovannino” are from the website of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure,.

“Restauro e restituzione dell’immagine. Il caso del San Giovannino di Úbeda attribuito a Michelangelo “.
Opificio delle Pietre Dure
Via Alfani, 78
tel: ( 39) 055.26511
Viale F. Strozzi, 1 (Fortezza da Basso)
tel: ( 39) 055.46254


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