The reason for making this website is to help tell the story of this painting and to disseminate the new scientific and technological information that has been amassed while doing research and investigation. My hope is that, through this website, you will be able to review the research and accompanying documentation and decide for yourself if “The Mike” is indeed the work of the great Master. Through photos, video and my blog updates, you will also be able to follow along as the painting is restored in preparation for Exhibition in October of 2011.
My goal has been the same all along: to have this painting accepted as a work that belongs within the collection of those objects inspired by or attributed to Michelangelo. The restoration, which I am confident will help support the attribution to Michelangelo, may very well do the exact opposite. Either way, I am seeking the truth in investigating this to the fullest. As Dr. Forcellino--without whose help this project wouldn’t have made it this far--states at the end of his book, “The rest of the story is still waiting to be written.” I invite you to come along on the rest of the journey.