Mauro Mussolin

Millon Award, 2016

Mauro Mussolin, Professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and New York University Florence, conducted a research project at CASVA entitled Michelangelo and Paper as Palimpsest. In his book, Mussolin seeks to investigate both the sources of Michelangelo’s graphic work, and the lifecycle and uses of paper in the studios of Italian Renaissance artists. Arguing that Michelangelo’s use of paper was indissolubly linked to the genesis of his ideas, he has used ultra-violet light and digital photography to reveal previously unknown sketches executed in stylus, which are invisible in conventional reproductions.