A painstaking five-year restoration of a massive fresco painted by Michelangelo in the Vatican has revealed what experts believe is a self-portrait of the Renaissance genius. …
Restorers claim that a bearded man wearing a blue turban in the Crucifixion of St Peter bears a striking resemblance to portraits and bronze busts of the artist.
“It’s an extraordinary and moving discovery,” said the Vatican’s chief restorer, Maurizio De Luca. “The self-portrait is one of three knights on the left-hand top corner of the fresco who wears a lapis lazuli blue turban. His features are very similar to other known portraits of Michelangelo.”
The fresco shows the moment at which St Peter was raised on the cross by Roman soldiers, his face showing suffering but also defiance.
It is not the first time the renowned Italian master included his portrait in one of his works.
He painted a cleverly disguised self-portrait into The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel.