Two bronzes on show at Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum “could be the work of Michelangelo,” according to an international group of experts who have newly analyzed the works whose attribution has long been controversial. If the attribution is accepted, they would be the only bronzes by the great Renaissance artist that have survived.
The two statues are about three feet tall and show two naked men riding two panthers.
The research team that made the attribution was led by the University of Cambridge.
Professor Paul Joannides found a sketch resembling the statues among drawings that one of Michelangelo’s students copied from his master. Michelangelo’s original sketches have been lost.
Analysis of the bronzes is going ahead and the conclusions will be presented in July.