Michelangelo Painting Found in Jesuit Residence

LOST-MICHELANGELO-OXFORD A painting of the crucifixion, owned by a small Jesuit residence at Oxford, is alleged to be the work of the great Renaissance master, Michelangelo.

Bought by the Campion Hall Residence in the 1930s at a Sotheby’s auction, the painting was thought to be a work by Marcello Venusti, a contemporary of Michelangelo’s.

Historian and conservationist Antonio Forcellino, says infra-red technology has revealed the true creator of the masterpiece.

“You can immediately see the difference between this work and that of Venusti,” said Forcellino, who used infra-red techniques to study layers beneath the finished painting. He writes in his new book, The Lost Michelangelos, that “no one but Michelangelo could have painted such a masterpiece”.

According to BBC News, regarding the news, residents felt “a mixture of excitement and slight concern.”

“It’s a very beautiful piece, but far too valuable to have on our wall any more,” said Jesuit Father Brendan Callaghan, the community’s superior. “Simply having it hanging on our wall wasn’t a good idea.”

It has been removed from a wall of the Jesuit academic community and sent to the Ashmolean Museum for safekeeping.

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  • [...] Purchased at auction by the Campion Hall community in the 1930s, the painting was believed to be the work of Marcello Venusti, one of Michelangelo’s 16th-century contemporaries. But recent tests revealed that the work was indeed created by the Renaissance painter, reports  the National Jesuit News. [...]

  • [...] Purchased at auction by the Campion Hall community in the 1930s, the painting was believed to be the work of Marcello Venusti, one of Michelangelo’s 16th-century contemporaries. But recent tests revealed that the work was indeed created by the Renaissance painter, reports the National Jesuit News. [...]

  • Brendan Callaghan SJ:

    One or two points on this story, from Brendan Callaghan, Superior of the Jesuit Community in Oxford and Master of Campion Hall:
    Campion Hall is a constituent element of the University of Oxford, functioning in the same role as more well-known Colleges such as Balliol, Christ Church, and St John’s (the last-named being the College of which St Edmund Campion SJ was a Fellow before his conversion to Catholicism). The Ashmolean Museum – the oldest in the western world – is the University’s own Museum.
    As to the question of who painted the Crucifixion: the jury is out, and will be for some time. Antonio Forcellino is clear that it is by Michelangelo: experts from London’s National Gallery are equally clear that it is by Marcello Venusti. Either way, it is beautiful, and will be on display in the Ashmolean from Spring 2012, when it returns from an exhibition in Rome.