TITLE

Master Forgery

AUTHOR(S)
Glusac, Elaine
PUB. DATE
September 2005
SOURCE
Art & Antiques;Sep2005, Vol. 28 Issue 9, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports that Lynn Catterson, a Columbia University scholar, has contended that the Vatican Museums classical sculpture "Laocoön" was faked by Italian sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti to cash in on the 16th-century rage for antiquities. The sculpture depicts serpents strangling the Trojan high priest and his sons as revenge for admonishment to leave Troy's wooden horse untouched. According to Catterson Michelangelo was inexplicably flush at this time when his patrons, the Medici, were in exile. Stylistically, Catterson says, the sculpture shares with Michelangelo's "Pieta" a disproportionate lap of the main figure.
ACCESSION #
18079782

 

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