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Update: Vancouver Museum attempts to flip (sell) its 18 models doanted to it for cash on Sotheby's)

Michelangelo made small clay and wax models from which he carved his

statues. The "David" 18 feet high is said to have been carved from a

model 12 inches high. Most of the models have been lost to time.

       While most sculptures look stiff, wooden, like they were pieced

together. Whereas, Michelangelo's sculptures look like they are alive. In

reality Michelangelo did a lot of piecing to make his sculptures.

This makes Michelangelo a even more amazing sculptor: he pieced

but made it lifelike.

       The proof exists in the models that have survived. The right hand

appearing in the Lorenzo de Medici statue also is the left hand in reverse image.

The same hand also appears in his other sculptures and paintings.

       Michelangelo is recorded to have destroyed his work two weeks before

he died so no one would know his methods. He is also known to have

sometimes cast the wax models into bronze and given them away to

admirers. He also gave away his clay models too. It is also recorded

that a thief broke into his studio and stole some of his models.

       Then there are the models that Michelangelo gave to his student, Mini,

who took to France. Some of the models were returned to Italy but many

were not. It is probably where the 40 models in the Von Praun

Collection originated.

       This web page is dedicated to finding Michelangelo's lost models and

liberating from their private safe deposit boxes (the fat cats

probably have them prominently displayed in their homes so they can brag

what they got to their rich friends) and putting them in public

museums where everyone can enjoy their beauty. A secondary mission is

to get museums to attribute the models as by Michelangelo.

       This can be accomplished by getting their owners to donate them to

their local Museum or selling them to a fat cat who for a tax break

will then donate the models to a museums where everyone can view them.

       A major problem is convincing the museums that they really are by

Michelangelo. The Santa Barbara, CA model, A terracotta plaque , is

unlabeled and displayed next to a sharks tooth. This is ridiculous

since it was part of the well documented Von Praun Collection and was

sold at the Christie's auction in 1938. The paper trail or provenance

of the Von Praun collections goes back to the time of Michelangelo.

       This may be a 100 year search. Realistically, at this point in time,

only two of the models may be locatable:

  • 1) The bronze Day made from the clay model in 1850. This model was

    last seen in Vancouver, Canada in 1972 in the private collection of

    Edward Halprin 1972.

           Any information about the last owner would be appreciate so s/he

    can be contacted about selling it to the Vancouver Museum or a local Museum so the public can view it.

    Update(5/2012):The Halprin model is in a private collection in Canada.

  • 2) One of the 11 lost models sold at the 1938 Christie's auction is

    said to have been resold to a museum in Australia.

           Computer copies, using CAT scans, also need to be made and of all the models and distributed to

    other museums so you don't have to travel all over the planet to see the models. For example, the Houston

    Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston, Texas, only has one. ( The Museum of fine arts in Texas, also claims

    that this model is not by Michelangelo. This is ridiculos, since it well documented to be part of the Von

    Praun Collection that was sold at the Christies auction in 1938.) model a teracotta of the "Day" It

    would be nice if the Museum displayed the computer generated copies of the other models with its model.

           Any information about the last owner would be appreciate so he can be

    contacted about selling it to a public art museum in Switzerland.

  • Click here to see ALL the LOST Michelangelo models

  • Model Score:    Found: 19     Lost: 11

  • Click here to join the Great Michelangelo Search

  • Table of Contents

  • History of the Models

  • LOST models Gallery

  • FOUND models Gallery

  • New pictures of the Vancouver models

  • Lost Paintings and Sculptures

  • David

  • Architectural models

  • Poems/Quotes by Michelangelo

  • How Michelangelo created his sculptures

  • Unfinished Statues Revel how he worked

  • Did Michelangelo Suffer From Arthritis?

  • Michelangelo timeline for his life

  • How Michelangelo created his paintings

  • Sistine Chapel ... Did Michelangelo work for Disneyland?

  • Go to Italy to see the Models at Michelangelo's House in Florence, Italy

  • Early Sculp;ture (pdf file)

  • Bronze models at Michelangelo's house

  • What did Michelangelo Looked Like

  • Mchelangelo's friends list

  • Proof that Models are by Michelangelo

  • Sources

  • FAQ

  • New Discoveries...Did Michelangelo make these?

  • Marble and Air Pollution

  • Unfinished Sketches and Paintings by Michelangelo

  • Unfinished Sculptures by Michelangelo

  • Will there ever be another Michelangelo?

  • Michelangelo suffered from osteoarthritis in his hands

  • Links on Michelangelo

  • Time line of Michelangelo's life

  • Michelangelo's Life Time Line

  • Michelangelo's Works Time Line

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