IS THE ONLY WORK Michelangelo EVERY SIGNED.
If you look closely, the sculptor’s signature can be found across Mary’s chest. Sixteenth century art historian Giorgio Vasari told the tale of how Michelangelo made his mark:
One day Michelagnolo [sic], entering the place where it was set up, found there a great number of strangers from Lombardy, who were praising it highly, and one of them asked one of the others who had done it, and he answered, ‘Our Gobbo from Milan.’ Michelagnolo stood silent, but thought it something strange that his labours should be attributed to another; and one night he shut himself in there, and, having brought a little light and his chisels, carved his name upon it.
Michelangelo later regretted the vanity of this act, and resolved never to sign another piece of his work.
Image: Peta’ by Michelangelo (wikimedia)