Monday, November 13, 2017

Michelangelo Divine Draftsman and Designer Press Preview

I had the privilege of attending the press event last Monday for the wonderful Michelangelo Divine Draftsman and Designer. It is for sure going to be one popular exhibit especially during this holiday season.  
My favorite building with all the beautiful detail across from the museum is in the background  

Exhibition Overview from the Met Website 
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), a towering genius in the history of Western art, is the subject of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. During his long life, Michelangelo was celebrated for the excellence of his disegno, the power of drawing and invention that provided the foundation for all the arts. For his mastery of drawing, design, sculpture, painting, and architecture, he was called Il Divino ("the divine one") by his contemporaries. His powerful imagery and dazzling technical virtuosity transported viewers and imbued all of his works with a staggering force that continues to enthrall us today.

This exhibition presents a stunning range and number of works by the artist: 133 of his drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, his wood architectural model for a chapel vault, as well as a substantial body of complementary works by other artists for comparison and context. Among the extraordinary international loans are the complete series of masterpiece drawings he created for his friend Tommaso de' Cavalieri and a monumental cartoon for his last fresco in the Vatican Palace. Selected from 50 public and private collections in the United States and Europe, the exhibition examines Michelangelo's rich legacy as a supreme draftsman and designer.


This was breathtaking in person  

The detail in this piece is mind blowing - so beautiful  

A very beautiful piece of work, even though unfinished  

This was my favorite of the sketches, and I guess I choose correctly as they had it on many items for sale in the store. The detail he creates with the body, each muscle, is quite remarkable.  

A recreation of the Sistine Chapel left people in awe  

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Apollo-David (unfinished), c. 1530. Marble, H. 146 cm (57 1/2 in.). Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence (Sculture 1879, no. 121)

Another piece that just left me speechless  

You can actually view Michelangelo's handwriting which was beautiful as well  

You are going to want to RUN to see this exhibit. It is truly a remarkable collection of Michelangelo's work and we are quite lucky to be able to view in the USA! 

Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Michelangelo Divine Draftsman and Designer
November 13, 2017 to February 12, 2018

The exhibition is made possible by
Morgan Stanley logo

Additional support is provided by an anonymous donor, the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, Dinah Seiver and Thomas E. Foster, Cathrin M. Stickney and Mark P. Gorenberg, Ann M. Spruill and Daniel H. Cantwell, and the Mark Pigott KBE Family.

It is supported by an Indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The catalogue is made possible by the Drue E. Heinz Fund.

Additional support is provided by the Wolfgang Ratjen Stiftung, Liechtenstein.

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