Wednesday, 23 September 2015

I won the International Prize Michelangelo!

Congratulations! You won the International Prize Michelangelo.

Dear Artist,
I am very proud to award you with the International Prize Michelangelo - Artists at the Jubilee
The Prize is for the Artists that are worth for their artistic merit

I merit the prize, of course I do. Why else would they pick me? They are very proud of me.

You will be awarded on December 10th, 2015, inside the  Cardinal Cesi Palace in Rome
If the artist will not be present at the awards ceremony, the prize will be sent home.
It is one of the most prestigious art awards awarded in the heart of Rome.
In conjunction with the opening of the 2015 Jubilee, the prestigious rooms of “Palazzo
Cardinal Cesi” in Rome, will host the awarding ceremony of the International event ‘’INTERNATIONAL PRIZE MICHELANGELO -Artists at the Jubilee’’. It is an exclusive prize representing the Mosessculpture, one of the most important works by Michelangelo Buonarroti. 

It's exclusive. Oh yeah!

Important celebrities from the world of culture will be present at the ceremony 
and the talented artists will be awarded with an important prize for their careers.
In the November/December number of the magazine Effetto Arte, we will realize an introductive piece about Rome Jubilee and the several masterpieces of the city; following to the piece the publication of the selcted artists’ artworks. 

I thrilled I've been "selcted." 

The Palazzo Cardinal Cesi in rome, is far just 100mt from Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, where during the same days will take place the Jubilee.

Where's rome?  Maybe they mean Rome. Is that Mount Vatican or Mt One-Hundred? Where's the the in this sentence?

The Palace has hosted important men of culture, including: the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nietoand important Ambassadors from around the world.
The prize is given to those artists who has been chosen by Mr. Someone and Someone Else.

Squee. I'm in good company Neitoand was there.

You will be eligible for: 
A whole page on the November/December number of the magazine into the column “INTERNATIONAL PRIZE MICHELANGELO - Artists at the JUBILEE”
- Publication on a quarter of page into the official catalog of the event.
- Conferment of the Michelangelo Award, a sculpture representing Michelangelo's Moses (20 cm/h) on December 10th 2015 at Palazzo Someplace in Rome.

One of those resin Moses sculptures I can buy at the leaning tower of Pisa?  They're going to put me into a column? What about some of those Leaning Tower of Pisa Boxer Shorts?

- Insertion of the name of the artist into the advertisement pages dedicated to the event on
magazines, posters, totems and invitations.

I've never been on a totem. I can't wait.


- Two copies of the magazine  (November/December). N°1 copy of ''The'' catalog.
- An assignment certificate in a precious celebratory parchment

I get an assignment?  I wonder if I'll have to take exams. Perhaps they need a content writer.

To take part you must send:
- Filled out application form
- 1 Picture of your Artwork
- Copy of the payment
By e-mail to: 
or by mail to: 
Dott. Someone
Via Somestreet

Cost of the proposal: 330€

Wait a minute, I thought I won?

Deadline: October 10, 2015
Please, at the order form pay the requested amount for your choice with a Bank transfer:
IBAN CODE: IT-- XXXX redacted XXXX XXXx @#?! 969
BIC/SWIFT: #@&69#@ redacted             
BANK: BANCO Somebank - 
(Please specify in the reason, your name and the name of the event)
You can also pay via paypal at this address: ..696##!! redacted


I'll put this on my to do list.  Meanwhile, you can take me off your mailing list unless you want to hire an editor or an English speaking content writer.  I'll send you my paypal account and an invoice for editing suggestions to the above.


  1. I wonder how many artists they have awarded the International Prize Michelangelo?
    Or is it only one?
    Do we all have to pay?
    First time I got a prize I have to pay for...

    1. Thanks for posting this, I´m one of many awarded artists.

    2. I get these emails all the time. This isn't the only pay-to-be-famous award. It's a vanity publisher, you have to pay for them to publish your work with no selection criteria other than they spammed you. Artists should be paid publication rights, royalties and have serious contracts. I'll post more on this.

  2. Maybe you can win the da Vinci's half price and will only cost you $165.

  3. ...and the professionals laugh about these awards. They are not good for your CV!!!!

  4. Thank you for posting this. I received the same emails and posted a note on my Facebook page months ago to warn my artist friends. Today, received a threat from that guy, Dott. Francesco Saverio Russo, who says he is going to report me to the police if I don't take my post down (I live in the US, he lives in Italy, ha ha). Too bad you didn't put his name on your post. This guy really deserves a good lesson. The more people denounce him, the better.