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Michelangelo’s early artistic talents guided him to Florence, where he received training under the patronage of the influential Medici family. His undeniable abilities swiftly garnered acclaim, and by his early twenties, he had already crafted some of his most iconic masterpieces, including the “David” sculpture and the “Pieta” statue.

Michelangelo’s prodigious skills extended beyond sculpture; he proved to be a visionary painter, architect, and poet. His monumental contributions to the frescoes adorning the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, notably the renowned “Creation of Adam,” showcased his capacity to translate intricate theological concepts into breathtaking visual narratives. His architectural brilliance finds its most sublime manifestation in the grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, an architectural marvel that harmoniously blended classical aesthetics with pioneering engineering.

Throughout his life, the artist was characterized by an unwavering quest for perfection and an impassioned dedication to his craft. While his relentless pursuit of excellence occasionally led to periods of frustration, it was precisely this dedication that bore some of history’s most celebrated works of art. Beyond his artistic achievements, Michelangelo’s profound introspection and humanistic ideals found expression in his poetry and personal writings, shaping a legacy that endures as an eternal testament to his monumental contributions to the tapestry of art and human culture.


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MICHELANGELO (1475-1564)
A nude man (after Masaccio) and two figures behind

Brown ink, pen, brown wash/paper
33 x 20 cm

Lot # 1
Paris, France
Michelangelo’s First Nude: A Drawing Rediscovered
18 may 2022

Hammer price: $ 20,987,900
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 24,306,087

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