December 12, 2008
Parliament displays Michelangelo carving
Italy's culture ministry says a wooden carving of a crucified Jesus Christ attributed to Michelangelo is to be displayed in Parliament in Rome.
The ANSA news agency quoted the ministry as saying the work, which was attributed to a young Michelangelo four years ago and bought by the state from an art dealer for $4.4 million, would be placed in one of Florence's main museums after it is shown at Italian Parliament from Dec. 23 through Jan. 23.
This was not an impulse buy,Cultural Heritage Director-General Roberto Cecchi told ANSA.
It is a figure of grand and noble conception, at once vigorous and delicate, and finely detailed, a statement from the ministry said. "It imposes itself with all the majesty and intensity of any of Michelangelo's more monumental works''.