Painting from New York home may be a Michelangelo

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Posted: Oct 13, 2010 3:33 PM
Painting from New York home may be a Michelangelo

An Italian art historian is convinced that a painting passed through generations in a New York family is the work of Michelangelo.

The 16th-century painting hung or was stored for years in the Kober family's upstate New York home while various family members struck out in efforts to convince the skeptical art world it's the real thing.

But now the painting of Jesus and Mary is getting a second look with the publication of historian Antonio Forcellino's book, "The Lost Pieta," following years of research. Forcellino was contacted by the painting's owner, Martin Kober of Tonawanda, near Buffalo.

Kober said Wednesday the painting was willed to his great-great-grandfather's sister-in-law by a German baroness.