ANSAmed Italy – “Restoration: new colors emerge from Michelangelo’s Pietà,” September 16, 2020

FLORENCE – The restoration of Michelangelo’s Pietà, known as Pietà Bandini, which started last November at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence, resumed after a break due to
Covid-19. It is one of the three executed by Buonarroti and unfinished by the great artist who portrayed himself as Nicodemo but also tried to destroy it. And for the first time, as of Monday, September 21, it will be possible to visit the restoration site thanks to special guided tours of five people maximum, with the restorers and experts of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore.

Meanwhile, the first phase of cleaning the surface, which ended at the back of the sculpture but is at the beginning in the front, is bringing to light colors that came from previous interventions on the marble. Unknown details emerged from the restoration, traces that were hidden by deposits accumulated over the oeuvre’s 470 years of life, restorers said.