For the first time ever, we are now able to offer some of the most famed historical sculptures done by ‘the’ Michelangelo for purchase. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni is considered to be the greatest artist of all time. Having impressive and unique skill in painting, sculpture and architecture he was often referred to as Il Divino or “the divine one.” The beauty of his work quickly gave rise to his prominence in the Renaissance period and he became known simply by his first name, Michelangelo. His works are arguably the most recognizable and important images in art history and can still be found on display in Museums across the world. Some of his most famous works include “Pieta,” “David,” and the ceiling painting of the Sistine Chapel.
We are one of the first art galleries chosen to be authorized to sell the reduced sized limited editions of Michelangelo’s sculptures. Once the last limited edition bronze cast of Michelangelo’s sculpture is sold, the mold will be broken or donated to a museum. Each bronze cast will encompass several imprints from the foundry, publisher, copyright holder and Casa Buonarroti. Every piece will bear a hologram along with a Certificate of Authenticity and registration card, with holograms matching the one present on the sculpture, all authorized by Michelangelo Sculpture International.
The entire sculptural collection was purchased by a Texas Partnership, October 2008 SRW Partnership, from the Ferdinando Marinelli Artistic Foundry in Florence, Italy. SRW Partnership was authorized with exclusive approval to do a reduced sized limited edition less than a year ago of Michelangelo’s historical sculptures with the help of advanced digital scanners that are also used at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Stanford University in California. The sculptures will be cast in bronze using the lost was casting method from exact molds of Michelangelo’s original works. Direct plaster casts were taken of many of Michelangelo’s most famous sculptures starting in the 1920’s with authorization from the Vatican, museums, and various churches and basilicas. The project was undertaken to protect the artist’s treasures of Italy.
Casa Buonarroti Foundation, the world’s leading experts on Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, has validated each mold to verify their authenticity. Casa Buonarroti was formed by Michelangelo’s family after his death. It is the rightful and lawful holder of and to Michelangelo’s moral rights which have been passed down from Michelangelo to his heirs. Casa Buonarroti is located in Florence, Italy and possesses the world’s largest collection of Michelangelo’s work.
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Why is this the first time Michelangelo limited edition bronze sculptures are being made available in a reduced size?
The entire collection of original molds was purchased by a Texas Partnership, October 2008 SRW Partnership, from the Ferdinando Marinelli Artistic Foundry in Florence, Italy. This foundry had been chosen to do most of the direct plaster molds. Authorization and exclusive approval was obtained from the partnership to do reduced size limited editions less than a year ago. This is a historic event, previously not available until new technology was in place to create the molds from the certified castings and all legal agreements between the various entities were completed.
What is the story behind the “Original Molds”?
Starting in the 1920’s direct plaster casts were taken of many of Michelangelo’s most famous sculptures with authorization from the Vatican, museums, various churches and basilicas. This project was undertaken to protect the artist’s treasures of Italy.
Who verified that the molds are authentic?
Casa Buonarroti, the world’s leading experts on Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, or commonly known as Michelangelo, validated the molds.
Who is Casa Buonarroti and how can they authenticate Michelangelo’s work?
Casa Buonarroti was formed by Michelangelo’s family after Michelangelo’s death to preserve the estate and works of Michelangelo. Casa Buonarroti is the rightful and lawful holder of and to the artist’s moral rights which have been passed down from Michelangelo to his heirs. Casa Buonarroti is a foundation and museum in Florence, Italy and they possess one of the world’s largest collections of Michelangelo’s work. Casa Buonarroti includes a number of the world’s foremost experts on the work of Michelangelo.
What makes Casa Buonarroti unique as far as authorizing the work of Michelangelo?
Casa Buonarroti is unique in its position having Michelangelo’s “droit moral” – or moral rights – and thus, can grant authorization, sanction and approval for works of art created from Michelangelo’s original molds. Casa Buonarroti can also grant authorization for others to utilize the Buonarroti family crest for bronze sculptures derived from the original molds.
What is “droit moral”?
The French term “droit moral” translates to “moral rights” in English, and refers to the ability of artists to control the eventual fate of their works. An artist is said to have the moral right to control his work. The concept of moral rights thus relies on the connection between an artist and his creation. Moral rights protect the personal and reputational, rather than purely monetary, value of a work to its creator.
Why was the Lost Wax Method chosen?
Bronze castings are largely saught after and are historic, dating back thousands of years. History shows Michelangelo worked in bronze as well as marble and utilized the centuries old lost Lost Wax Method.
How are these sculptures protected?
Each casting will have the original copyright holder’s imprint, October 2008 SRW Partnership, the Publisher, Renaissance Masters’ imprint, Casa Buonarroti’s imprint, as well as the foundry imprint. Each sculpture will have one hologram attached to the sculpture. Matching holograms will be attached to the Certificate of Authenticity, a registration card and the original paperwork from Michelangelo Sculpture International. There will be a script signature and an edition number on each casting.
Does each limited edition come with a Certificate of Authenticity?
Yes, each sculpture will come with a completed and signed Certificate of Authenticity.
Do I need to register my sculpture?
Yes, once the registration certificate is received it will be held in trust until it is needed to verify your bronze as an authentic and authorized sculpture. This is done to protect your investment and to verify its authenticity.
How were these authorized limited editions created?
These authorized sculptures are derived from bronze castings from the original molds. Each original mold has been verified by Casa Buonarroti, the House of Michelangelo, as a direct cast taken directly from the original Michelangelo Buonarroti’s artwork.
What are the edition sizes for the collection?
Each image will vary. The edition sizes will be clearly stated on the Certificate of Authenticity of each piece. The first image, “Saint Peter’s Pieta” will be an edition of 275 Signed and Numbered, as well as 50 numbered Artist Proofs. A small Edition of 50 will be reserved for Museums and a Roman Numeral Edition of 100 will be designated for foreign distribution. Once the entire edition has been cast, the molds will be broken or donated to a museum.
Where are they cast?
Artworks foundry in Berkely, California has been designated as the primary foundry for the reduced size formats. Artworks is one of the United States leading foundries specializing in the Lost Wax Method. It’s owner, Piero Mussi learned the craft in his home country of Italy before starting Artworks in the USA more than 35 years ago.
What prevents someone else from making a copy of a Michelangelo sculpture?
Any artist can interpret and try to copy historic sculptures. The result would be an unauthorized copy by an unknown artist with minimum value and no importance. Casa Buonarroti has stated that they are aware of the fact that bronze reproductions of Michelangelo’s work are present on the international market. They also have certified that Casa Buonarroti has NOT attributed or authenticated these bronzes as Michelangelo authorized works of art.
How many different images will be available?
There are 28 individual Michelangelo bronze casting from the original molds that may be reproduced in resized formats as well as portions of some bronze castings that will be produced as busts. All original molds owned by October 2008 SRW Partnership have been authorized by Casa Buonarroti.
Where can I find an authorized dealer for Michelangelo Sculpture?
A complete list of authorized MSI dealers will be posted on Michelangelo Sculpture International’s website. You can also call us directly for additional information.
What role does Michelangelo Sculpture International play?
Our company has been granted the exclusive rights to distribute these Limited Edition Bronze Castings through a network of MSI Authorized Fine Art Galleries.