Artibus et Historiae no. 40 (XX)

1999, ISSN 0391-9064

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PAUL BAROLSKY - Michelangelo's Marble Faun Revisited

Having previously suggested that the story of the Faun Michelangelo made in the Medici garden, first told by Condivi and embellished by Vasari, is a fable, the author adduces further reasons to suppose this account deeply poetical. He here places the tale in the tradition of the novella about the artist by associating it with a typologically similar tale, recounted by Doni and repeated by Vasari, about Michelangelo and Topolino. Suggesting that Michelangelo is himself a novelliere, the author relates the tale of the Faun Michelangelo told to Condivi to the related autobiographical fiction of his poetry.

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