Michelangelo Revealed: Angels, Demons, Artists and Intrigue

May 12th, 2009

from: Jared Lipworth, Executive Producer, Secrets of the Dead

Michelangelo Revealed premieres May 13 at 8pm on THIRTEEN.

First Robert Langdon had Da Vinci’s Code to deal with. Now, in his latest fictional adventure, he is off fighting for his life and tracking down a powerful underground brotherhood attempting to bring down the Catholic Church. Popes die, Cardinals are captured, and Robert teams up with a pretty Italian woman named Vittoria to decode secret messages carefully hidden in ancient symbols.

Sounds like a perfect summer blockbuster.

Also sounds eerily similar to our latest episode of Secrets of the Dead. We have a famous and tormented artist (Michelangelo), two dead Popes (Julius II and Paul III), a Cardinal under investigation (Reginald Pole) and a beautiful Vittoria who dies under mysterious circumstances. We also have a clandestine society trying to transform the Catholic Church, and a modern day historian searching for hidden symbolism in ancient sculptures.

The two big differences? Secrets of the Dead: Michelangelo Revealed is a true story, and you don’t have to pay 10 bucks a ticket to see it!

The film follows the work of art historian Antonio Forcellino, who, while restoring the tomb of Pope Julius II, noticed some strange things about Michelangelo’s famous statue of Moses. Through careful analysis of Michelangelo’s work and an exhaustive perusal of long forgotten historical records, Forcellino uncovered the artist’s involvement in a secret fellowship working to end corruption in the Catholic Church and bring common believers into a more direct relationship with God.

As a ‘science guy’ who never found time for any art history classes, this film was an eye-opener for me, and I think it will appeal to both neophytes and experts alike. To see Michelangelo’s mastery of his craft is one thing, but to understand how his faith and relationships influenced his work is quite another—especially 450 years after his death.

At a time when religious authority was clashing with the free thinking of the Renaissance, Michelangelo found himself creating masterpieces that glorified the Catholic Church, even as he questioned his faith and struggled with his own religious demons.

How’s that for a blockbuster?