"The restoration of Michelangelo’s unfinished masterpiece Pietà Bandini confirmed old sources that problems with the marble caused the work to be abandoned"
"The 2.7-ton block from the Seravezza quarries had microcracks and “impurities“ so that even the chisels “sparked“"
"In Florence, at the Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo, the restoration of Michelangelo’s masterpiece Pietà Bandini has been completed. Until March 31, 2022, the sculpture with 4 figures, one of which shows the face of the over 70-year-old master, can be seen from a platform from which specialists had been working since November 2019, with interruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In parallel with the cleaning, the white marble sculpture was subjected for the first time to a detailed material analysis, which revealed some surprises. (...)
Michelangelo had worked on the block, which is 2.25 m high and weighs 2.7 t, between 1547 and 1555. (...)
"The analysis also identified numerous microcracks in the sculpture."
By Ricardo Rebelo, commercial