“Michelangelo’s Tarpon”

April 12, 2012 By: Marshall Cutchin

Norman Duncan explores the notion that one of the world’s greatest painters may have used a tarpon as the model for his depiction of what is perhaps the most famous “fish” in religious history. “In October 2011 I walked into the Sistine Chapel for the second time in twenty years, and looking above the altar I was astounded to see a tarpon peering out from behind Jonah’s left leg.”