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Roy Doliner 
Author | Lecturer | Art Detective

The true work of art is but a shadow of the Divine perfection.

// Michelangelo 

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About Roy Doliner

International Author, Lecturer & Art Detective

Roy Doliner is the co-author (with Rabbi Benjamin Blech) of the international best-seller The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican, revealing shocking secrets in art history and the Renaissance in over 26 countries and 15 languages.


Roy's decoding of Michelangelo’s secret messages has been the subject of several television documentaries in the US, Italy, Japan, and internationally on the Discovery Channel.

Since the news of Michelangelo’s secrets erupted, Roy has been flown around the world to speak about his discoveries and adventures in art history, Jewish history, and his work in inter-religious understanding.

Roy is often called in to solve mysteries in the art world, similar to Dan Brown’s fictional “art detective” Robert Langdon - luckily, so far, without any trail of murder victims. A few years ago, Roy's research led to the discovery of a lost masterpiece by Michelangelo - his original terra-cotta model for the Pietà. Roy is the first religious Jewish VIP guide authorized by the Vatican, with a star-studded client list ranging from Oscar winners to ambassadors to religious leaders. 

Among the institutions where Roy has lectured

Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

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The Vatican


United States Department of the Treasury


The Knesset

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Yale University


Beth Avraham Yoseph

of Toronto


The Musée Maillol

of Paris



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The Museum Network of Rome

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92nd Street Y, NYC



Milan, Italy

Day of European Jewish Culture 2018/5779 

Bet Magazine Mosaico

Published Works


Published in 15 languages in over 25 countries 

The Sistine Secrets:

Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

co-authored with Rabbi Benjamin Blech

"The Shocking Secrets of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Artwork"

The recent cleaning of the Sistine Chapel frescoes removed layer after layer of centuries of accumulated tarnish and darkness. The Sistine Secrets endeavors to remove the centuries of prejudice, censorship, and ignorance that blind us to the truth about one of the world's most famous and beloved art treasures.


So far only published in Italian:

CARAVAGGIO: una luce nelle tenebre 
IL MISTERO VELATO: l'ultimo segreto di Michelangelo.
IL DISEGNO SEGRETO: I messaggi della Kabbalah nascosti nei capolavori dell'arte italiana
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