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Michelangelo’s Inspiration: The Belvedere Torso

The story of an ancient sculpture that inspired artists from the Renaissance onwards

Detail of the Belvedere Torso by Apollonius at the Pio-Clementio Museum in the Vatican City. Source Wikimedia Commons

The Belvedere Torso was an example of a work whose style and technique were thought to express the perfection of the ancient past. One artist who was especially impressed with the statue was Michelangelo (1475–1564). He admired the contorted…

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