Could these intricate sketches be the creation of the master, Michelangelo? According to many scholars this is highly likely.
The drawings were found 50 years ago by chance, in a hidden room beneath the Medici Chapels Museum in Florence. The narrow room had been used for coal storage concealing these artistic treasures for several centuries.
It is thought that this was the hiding place of Michelangelo, with some sketches resembling some of his most famous works.
The Stanza Segreta or hidden room, opens this month to the public, with limited access. Only 4 people at a time for a duration of 15 minutes only.
I was lucky to have gained access just prior to the opening and in this online collection of images, some of the most striking of these drawings.
The collection also includes the Medici Chapels and tombs with Michelangelo’s sculptures.
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Susan Wright is an editorial photographer based in Italy and Australia.