Episode 148 – The Divine Michelangelo Part III – The Bacchus
February 6, 2024

Michelangelo arrived in Rome for the first time in 1496 at the age of 21. His first important patron was the fabulously wealthy Cardinal Riario who wanted the young sculptor to carve a statue of the Roman god of wine that he could pass off as an antique. Surprisingly, Riario did not accept the finished sculpture which ended up in the collection of another patron. This episode explores the history, iconography and importance of Michelangelo’s earliest-known sculpture commission and why it may have indeed been rejected by its original patron.


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