Former Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture
Former Michigan Senator
Businessman, The Irwin Group
LSSU Outstanding Alumnus Award '91
RETURN TO GLORY: MICHELANGELO REVEALED
Where there were only areas of darkness and deep shadow, there is now a
wealth of detail and luminous color: purple ripples on a youth's stockinged
leg; the scratchy gray of an old man's beard emerges soft and snowy white; a
long-lost earring gleams again.
In 1980, work began on the restoration of Michelangelo's frescoes in the
Vatican's Sistine Chapel. Return to Glory: Michelangelo Revealed is the
exclusive film record of the first phase of the 12-year endeavor that has
been hailed as "the most significant art event of the century."
Five hundred years of candle soot, incense smoke, pollution, and previous
restoration attempts had dulled the frescoes. Mounted on the restorers'
scaffolding, the cameras closely follow the meticulous cleaning of the
lunettes--14 semicircular frescoes on the sides of the chapel. Edwin Newman
explains each step while the restorers carefully analyze and remove
centuries of dirt to reveal the magnificent colors of the original art. Far
painter he has always been taken for, Michelangelo is being
rediscovered as a bold colorist who painted with astonishing
subtlety and skill.
Superbly produced by Nippon Television, Return to Glory: Michelangelo
Revealed is an elegant and accurate account of the remarkable events that
have lead to a radical reassessment of Michelangelo the man and his work.