Antonio Forcellino

Antonio Forcellino is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Renaissance and an expert art historian and restorer. In addition to his role in the restoration of numerous masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s Moses, he is a well-known writer, and his masterful biographies of the leading artistic figures of sixteenth-century Italy, Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci, are widely recognized as major works. His ability to use his knowledge and experience as a restorer to interpret works of art gives his biographies a unique character that most art historians are unable to match. In 2011, he was at the centre of the sensational uncovering and verification of two ‘lost’ Michelangelo paintings, the culmination of a scholarly detective story that took him to Dubrovnik, Oxford, New York and Niagara Falls and culminated in the discovery of two magnificent paintings in England and the USA, all of which he described in his 2014 Polity book The Lost Michelangelos. Polity has published two of his acclaimed biographies, Michelangelo: A Tormented Life and Raphael: A Passionate Life, and will publish his biography of Leonardo in the near future.