Michelangelo is one of the most brilliant artists that ever lived. His impressive portfolio, from the Italian Renaissance era, includes sculptures, frescoes, and paintings.
These priceless works are a source of wonder, inspiration and research. Experts are now using 3D techniques to help them care for and investigate some of his most iconic marble sculptures.
The world-famous David is widely heralded as a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. In 2004 it was cleaned and restored and for the first time the results were recorded and compared using 3D models. At this time a small series of fractures, which had been visible on the lower legs of the statue since it was moved to the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence in 1873, were also examined. The preservation of David is so important that these fractures are now being monitored using 3D technology to ensure they are not growing worse.
The Pietà de Palestrina is another marble sculpture which is thought to be the work of Michelangelo. However, there is no written evidence to prove the attribution in this case. By using 3D technology to study chisel marks on the surface of the sculpture, experts hope to identify “the hand” of Michelangelo. If the marks match with those found on his other works, then it is likely that Michelangelo really was its creator.