“The Young Archer” by Michelangelo (?)
This controversial sculpture sat in the courtyard of a well-known 5th Ave. townhouse in New York for almost a century before being noticed by a pair of well-known art historians. Both have since attributed the statue to a young Michelangelo. While most scholars have dismissed the attribution, the sculpture is today on loan to the Met by the French government (which purchased the townhouse in the 1950s) and is prominently displayed. While I also have strong reservations about the attribution, the beautiful, fragmented statue of an idealized nude youth with a quiver bound to his left arm is clearly the work of a master hand.
Buona visione!


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