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Nude Christ by Michelangelo, long incognito, to be shown in London

"The statue was identified at the right time. We were in financial difficulty, and this statue now brings us a little help every once in a while." - Rev Cleto Tuderti, prior of the San Vincenzo Monastery, on the money the monastery makes from lending it for exhibitions, such as paying off large tax debts and helping to fund a new monastery in the Republic of Congo.


IT might seem odd that a nearly 7-foot-tall statue of Christ by Michelangelo - and a nude one at that - would go unnoticed for centuries. But that's what happened to "Risen Christ" which was transferred to a country church in the 17th century and that fell into oblivion until 1997,...

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