Michelangelo comes to "Cowtown" U.S.A.

Fri Oct 9, 2009 11:40am EDT
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By Ed Stoddard

FORT WORTH (Reuters Life!) - Fort Worth or "Cowtown" is best known for rodeos, cowboy hats and big pick-up trucks.

But art lovers also know that its Kimbell Art Museum has a first-rate collection of international works ranging from antiquity to the 20th century.

That collection has been enriched by the addition of Michelangelo's first known painting, "The Torment of Saint Anthony," which the Kimbell acquired in May.

It went on view as part of the museum's permanent collection late last month.

Not only is "The Torment" Michelangelo's only painting in the western hemisphere, it is also, in the eyes of many critics, a magnificent piece of art.

Michelangelo is believed to have been only 12 or 13 years old when he rendered the painting on a wooden panel. It is dated from 1487-88.

The artist's most famous works include the ceiling frescoes in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel and the sculpture David in Florence.

Recent research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other studies have shown quite convincingly that the painting is the same mentioned by the artist's first biographers.   Continued...

<p>Michelangelo's first known painting, "The Torment of Saint Anthony," acquired by the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, is seen in this handout photo. REUTERS/Kimbell Museum/Handout</p>