Young St John the Baptist. A Michelangelo sculpture in Spain

El San Juanito recuperado

The only Michelangelo sculpture kept in Spain is on display until early summer in room 47 of the Prado museum's Villanueva building – great news for fans of the genius. The sculpture is done in marble, belongs to the young period of the artists, earlier than the Pietà in the Vatican and the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. The piece arrived in Spain after the Duke of Florence donated it to Francisco de los Cobos, secretary to Emperor Carlos V. Conserved in Úbeda in Emperor Carlos V's sepulchral chapel, 'Young St John the Baptist' can now be seen in the city's most famous art museum following its restoration after it was practically destroyed at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

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