Its value 'has gone up tenfold': Michelangelo masterpiece found at university


2015-06-26 12:28:40


Its value 'has gone up tenfold': Michelangelo masterpiece found at university

A painting thought to be the work of the Renaissance master could soon be back on the market

Art collectors will be excited by the news that a new Michelangelo may have been unearthed at Oxford University.

Crucifixion with the Madonna, St John and Two Mourning Angels has been hanging at Campion Hall, a Jesuit student residence, since the 1930s, when it was bought at a Sotheby's auction.

Infra-red investigations by art scholar Antonio Forcellino suggest that Michelangelo could well be behind the piece, previously thought to have been painted by Marcello Venusti.

Father Brendan Callaghan, the master of Campion Hall, told the BBC that the item was now too valuable to keep in the residence.

"Simply having it hanging on our wall wasn't a good idea," he explained.

"Its value in the three years I've been master has gone up tenfold, even if it's not by Michelangelo.

"No doubt the art historians will argue the points to and fro."

The piece has now been relocated to the nearby Ashmolean Museum for safe keeping.

Very few Michelangelos remain in private hands, making this piece of great interest to alternative investors and art collectors.

Could the man behind this world-renownedsculpture of David also be responsible for Crucifixion with the Madonna,St John and Two Mourning Angels?

A Michelangelo drawing, Study of a Mourning Woman, sold for 5.9m in 2001, having been discovered after 250 years of obscurity in North Yorkshire.

In 2009, a Ludovico Mazzolino artwork thought to have been lost, sold for 107,550 at Duke's auction house in Dorchester, UK. The 1522 piece far surpassed its 60,000 high side estimate.

The work was found in a packing case by a Cheltenham pensioner, having been forgotten for more than 60 years.

The piece had last been sold for 20 in 1812.

Of course, it is usually easier to find fine artworks on the private markets rather than on dormitory walls, and there are plenty of tempting opportunities for buyers on a limited budget, such as this Pisarro etching or this acrylic on canvas by Orlanda Bloom.

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