Michelangelo’s drawing was auctioned for 23 million euros in Paris

A drawing by Michelangelo was awarded 23 million euros, about 24.15 million dollars, this Wednesday at the Christie’s auction house in Paris.

A record for a drawing by the Italian master, which exceeds the sale price of another of his drawings, “The Risen Christ” (8.1 million pounds or 9.5 million euros), in July 2000, at Christie’s London, according to the auction house.

The drawing auctioned on Wednesday is the first known nude of the painter Michelangelo and was estimated at 30 million euros.

With the dimensions of an A4 sheet, seems to be inspired by a fresco by the painter Masaccio (“The Baptism of the Neophytes”), and illustrates the Italian artist’s interest in the representation of the male body.

The drawing made with pen and brown ink had been sold in 1907 at the Hotel Drouot, in the French capital, under the classification “School of Michelangelo”, before being attributed to the master only in 2019, within the framework of an inventory for a French private collection.

“There are less than ten drawings by Michelangelo in private hands,” Hélène Rihal, director of the antique drawings department at Christie’s, told AFP during the announcement of the sale of this early work of the Italian Renaissance genius (1475-1564). ).

Dating from the end of the 15th century, this work “escaped the attention of specialists” for a long time and is in a “good state of preservation,” the auction house stressed.

In September 2019 it was declared a “national treasure” by the French heritage, which prohibited leaving the national territory for thirty months and gave the French State and its museums the opportunity to buy it.

As no offers were made in this period, the drawing was exhibited in Hong Kong and then in New York before being presented to collectors prior to sale.

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