The Cupid scheme has made people wonder whether Michelangelo ever pulled off any more frauds. His biographers said he could imitate any style to perfection and that he used to love to fool people by making them believe a copy he had made of their statue was the original.
All Italy was crazy about antique art and antique things in general. If it was old, it just HAD to be good stuff. Even the artists bowed to Roman and Greek art. Now put yourself into the shoes of a young, maybe a hungry, sculptor. No one will buy your statue or pay much for it. But if they believe that that same statue is a real antique, they’ll pay a fortune. Do you have any ideas about how to make a ducat?
Now an American professor claims that Michelangelo forged no less than the famous Laocoön. This article appeared in the New York Times.