It is possible that yet another of the brilliant sculptor Michelangelo’s great works has been found. The sculpture depicts a man kneeling down and sharpening a knife. This sandstone sculpture is known as the Arrotino. The Arrotino is missing a nose and two fingers, causing the suspicion that it may have been a fake because the nose is often removed from fake sculptures to make it appear more authentic and ancient. However, there are features that make it unique. One such feature is the way in which Michelangelo transforms the rough sandstone into soft looking flesh. An account written by Pandolfo Titi while the Arrotino was under construction accurately describes the sculpture as being made from Gonfolina sandstone. It was at one point in time displayed with the Harpy, which is attributed to Tribolo, but people lost interest in the Arrotino . It is very likely that this is yet another original masterpiece of Michelangelo, but he was also known to copy great works. Therefore, this piece deserves to be looked at further and reevaluated. Whether it is a Michelangelo original or merely a copy, it is a beautiful work of art that should be revered and recognized for its acute attention to detail and anatomy.
Annie E Period 7