Did Michelangelo actually create a small (16-inch) wooden carving of a crucified Jesus or did the Italian government get taken for a $4 million ride? Some experts believe passionately that the piece, now on exhibit in Naples, is the work of the master. But as the BBC reports, others blast the label as a deliberate ploy by the government to use the religious carving to curry favor with the Catholic church and religious conservatives.
"When it comes to this statue, it is like comparing a Ford with a Ferrari," scoffs one professor. "It is like it has come off a production line and could have been made by any one of a dozen wood carvers of the time. All this is making Italy look foolish."