Michelangelo

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Now available for the first time in 500 years...

Turpin Gallery is pleased to offer a unique opportunity to own a piece of Art History in the form of an authorized, reduced size, limited edition bronze casting of Michelangelo's most famous sculptures. 

Please Contact Turpin Gallery at (307) 733-7530 for pricing on all Michelangelo bronzes

About Michelangelo

Michelangelo, whose full name was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, is considered the greatest artist of all time. In his lifetime he was often referred to as Il Divino (“the divine one”). 

Michelangelo Buonarroti created some of the most recognizable images in the history of art. In fact, he became so famous he became known simply as Michelangelo. He was the embodiment of the “Renaissance Man” – a sculptor, painter, architect, and poet. 

And now Michelangelo Sculpture International is offering a unique opportunity to own a piece of art history in the form of reduced size, limited edition bronze castings of some of Michelangelo’s most famous images authorized by the Casa Buonarroti Foundation.

These reduced sized Limited Editions were derived from Bronze Castings from Original Molds
made by permission granted by the Vatican and various museums and basilicas throughout Italy.
Each original mold is an impression cast taken directly from the original Michelangelo Buonarroti
artwork. An extensive and attentive verification as to the quality of the original bronze sculptures
made from the original molds has been done. They meet the highest quality standards by experts and
specialized art critics in Florence, Italy and the United States and are verified and authorized by the
Casa Buonarroti Foundation.

All persons should be aware that current Italian law now prohibits taking casts from any and all
antique sculptures in Italy. Casa Buonarroti has certified that they are aware of the fact that bronze
reproductions of Michelangelo’s works are present on the international market, which have NOT been
attributed to him or authenticated by Casa Buonarroti as his work.

Michelangelo Sculpture International has been granted the exclusive worldwide rights to market
reduced sized limited edition bronzes of 28 Michelangelo works in various sizes as well as busts of
certain works. Available exclusively from a select group of Authorized Fine Art Galleries.

The Inside Story behind the Michelangelo Bronze Sculpture Collection

Italy in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s began a project of protecting some of the greatest Italian art treasures in history. Directives were given to several foundries, including Fonderia Artistica Ferdinando Marinelli, to take direct plaster casts of original marble sculptures with permission from each Museum, Basilica and the Vatican. These direct molds included many of Michelangelo’s greatest sculptures.

The following images have been authorized and certified by Casa Buonarroti Foundation and will be part of this historic collection of limited edition Authorized Michelangelo Sculptures in a reduced size. All original molds are © Copyright 2008 October SRW Partnership.

“Saint Peters Pietà” (circa 1499-1500)
The plaster cast was made in 1932 by the Fonderia Marinelli with the authorization of the Vatican.

“Madonna of the Steps” (circa 1491)
The plaster cast was made in 1949 by the Vallecchi Studio with the authorization of the Casa Buonarroti.

“Bacchus” (circa 1496-1497)
The plaster cast was made in 1938 by Fonderia Marinelli with the authorization of the Bargello Museum.

“Moses” (circa 1513-1515)
The plaster cast was made in 1932 by the Marinelli foundry with the authorization of the San Pietro
in Vicoli.

“David” (circa 1501-1504)
The plaster cast was made in 1927 by the Fonderia Marinelli with authorization of the Galleria dell’ Accademia: 

“Bust of Lorenzo de Medici” (circa 1494-1495)
The plaster cast was made in 1930 by the Fonderia Marinelli with the authorization of the Gipsoteca dell’Instuto d’Arte in Florence

“Bruges Madonna” (circa 1504)
The plaster cast was taken by Vallecchi Studio in Florence with the authorization of the Bargello Museum.

“Giuliano de Medici” (circa 1519)
The plaster cast was made in the 1930’s by the Fonderia Marinelli with the authorization of the Vatican.

“Florentine Pietà” (circa 1550)
The plaster cast was made circa 1953 by the Fonderia Marinelli with the authorization of the Vatican.

“Battaglia Centauri” (circa 1492)
The plaster cast was made circa 1949 by Vallecchi Studio with the authorization of Casa Buonarroti.

"Angel with Candlestick" (circa 1494-1495)
Made with the authorization of the Basilica Domenico by the Fonderia Marinelli

"Tondo Taddei" (circa 1503)
The Plaster cast was made in 1953 by the Vallecchi Studio with the authorization of the Royal Academy 
of Arts.

"Tondo Pitti” (circa 1503)
The plaster cast was made in 1955 by the Vallecchi Studio with the authorization of the Bargello Museum.

“The Risen Christ” (circa 1519-1520)
The plaster cast was made in 2008 by the Marinelli Foundry with the authorization of the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.

“Rondanini Pietà” (circa 1552-1564)
The plaster cast was made in 1950 by the Vallecchi Studio with the authorization of the Castello Sforzesco.

“Medici Madonna” (circa 1521-1534)
The plaster cast was made in 1953 by the Vallecchi Studio with the authorization of the Church of 
San Lorenzo.

“The Apollo David” (circa 1530)
The plaster cast was made in 1932 by the Marinelli Foundry with the authorization of the Bargello Museum.

“Bust of Brutus” (circa 1540)
The plaster cast was made in 1938 by the 
Marinelli Foundry with the authorization of the Bargello Museum.

Michelangelo Authorized Bronze Sculpture

History shows that Michelangelo Buonarroti worked in bronze, utilizing the century’s old lost wax casting method, while in Florence as well as during his time in Rome.

Scholars acknowledge that Michelangelo did a number of bronze sculptures. Although many of Michelangelo’s marble sculptures have also been lost throughout history, none of Michelangelo’s bronze sculptures cast during his lifetime survive today. All his bronzes have been lost or possibly melted down to be used as armaments. 

It is a known fact that Michelangelo was trained in the technique of bronze casting by Berthold Di Giovanni in Florence, and as a matter of fact was commissioned as early as 1502 to do a bronze statue of David for the governor of Florence. It is historically known that Michelangelo cast a fourteen foot sculpture of Pope Julius II in 1507-1508. It was the largest single bronze sculpture ever executed during the Renaissance. The bronze was finished in February 1508 and placed in a niche on the façade of the church of San Petronius. Other bronze sculptures by Michelangelo were cast primarily as commissions from numerous patrons such as the King of Spain. It is also known that Michelangelo cast a life size statue of Hercules, and even some smaller works. It is unfortunate that none of Michelangelo’s original bronzes survive today, but now Michelangelo Sculpture International has obtained the unprecedented rights and permission to sell limited Edition Lost Wax Cast bronze sculptures authorized by Casa Buonarroti. Casa Buonarroti is the rightful and lawful holder of and to the artist’s moral rights which have been passed down from the Master to his heirs. Casa Buonarroti is in the unique position as having the “droits moral” in order to grant authorization, sanction and approval regarding works of art created from Michelangelo’s original sculptures. 

These Authorized Sculptures are derived from bronze castings from the original molds made by permission granted by the Vatican and various museums and basilicas throughout Italy. Each original mold has been verified by Casa Buonarroti, the House of Michelangelo, as a direct cast taken directly from the Original Michelangelo Buonarroti artwork. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Q:    Why is this the first time Michelangelo limited edition bronze sculptures are being made available in a reduced size? 
A:    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 sized limited editions less than one year ago. This is a historic event, previously not available until new technology was in place to create the models from the certified castings and all legal agreements between the various entities were completed.

Q:    What is the story behind “The Original Molds?” 
A:    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. 

Q:    Who verified that the molds are authentic? 
A:    Casa Buonarroti, the world’s leading experts on Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, or commonly known as Michelangelo, validated 
the molds.

Q:    Who is Casa Buonarroti and how can they authenticate Michelangelo’s work?
A:    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 collection’s of Michelangelo’s work. Casa Buonarroti includes a number of the world’s foremost experts on the work of Michelangelo.

Q:    What makes Casa Buonarroti unique as far as authorizing the work of Michelangelo? 
A:    Casa Buonarroti is unique in its position as having Michelangelo’s “droits 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.

Q:    What are “droits moral?”
A:    The term “moral rights” is a translation of the French term "droit moral,” 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. 

Q:    Why was the Lost Wax Bronze castings chosen? 
A:    Bronze castings are highly sought 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 wax casting method. 

Q:    How are these sculptures protected? 
A:    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, to a registration card and to the Original Paperwork from Michelangelo Sculpture International. There will be a script signature and an edition number on each casting.

Q:    Does each limited edition come with a certificate of authenticity? 
A:    Yes, each sculpture will come with a completed and signed certificate of authenticity. 

Q:    Do I need to register my sculpture? 
A:    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.

Q:    How were these authorized limited editions created? 
A:    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 artwork. 

Q:    What are the edition sizes for the collection? 
A:    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 Pietà” 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.

Q:    Where are they cast? 
A:    Artworks Foundry in Berkeley, 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 technique. Its owner Piero Mussi learned the craft in his home country of Italy before starting Artworks in the USA more than 35 
years ago.

Q:    What prevents someone else from making a copy of a Michelangelo Sculpture?
A:    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 works 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. 

Q:    How many different images will be available?
A:    There are 28 individual Michelangelo bronze castings from the original molds that may be reproduced in reduced size 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 authenticated by Casa Buonarroti.

Q:    Where can I find an authorized dealer for Michelangelo Sculpture?
A:    A complete list of MSI authorized dealers will be posted on Michelangelo Sculpture International’s website. You can also call us directly for additional information.

Q:    What role does Michelangelo Sculpture International play?
A:    Our company has been granted the exclusive rights to distribute these Limited Edition Bronze Castings through a network of MSI Authorized Fine Art Galleries.