NYC hosts largest Michelangelo exhibit in history

Michelangelo’s ‘Archers Shooting at a Herm.’ (photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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It used to be that one had to trek to such places as Florence or Rome in order to bask in the glory of Michelangelo’s finest creations.

Now, however, the far-flung journey is hardly necessary (though visiting Rome or Florence is rarely a bad idea).

A massive new exhibition of the 15th and 16th-century artist’s work recently opened at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it’s the largest collection of his creations ever assembled.

The breathtaking show, Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, presents 133 of Michelangelo’s drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting and a wood architectural model of a chapel vault. Many of the works on display have never been previously seen together.

“This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to experience first-hand the unique genius of Michelangelo,” Daniel H. Weiss, president, and CEO of The Met, said in a statement, adding that the exhibition was created to deepen the public’s understanding of Michelangelo’s creative process.

Celebrated during his long life for the excellence of his design, the power of his drawings, sculptures and his inventions, which provided the foundations for all of the arts, Michelangelo was called Il Divino (the divine one) by his contemporaries.

The Met’s exhibit of his work involved borrowing from 50 public and private collections in the United States and Europe, bringing together the largest group of original drawings ever assembled for the public. Many of the pieces now on display in New York City rank among the greatest works of draftsmanship ever produced.

Among the rare international loans is the complete series of masterpiece drawings Michelangelo created for his friend Tommaso de’Cavalieri and a monumental cartoon drawing that was created for his last fresco in the Vatican.

Drawing was the first thing Michelangelo turned to in his creative process, whether he was ultimately creating a painting, a sculpture, or architecture. The drawings are what unified the artist’s career.

“This selection of more than 200 works will show that Michelangelo’s imagery and drawings still speak with an arresting power today. Five hundred years seem to melt away in looking at his art,” Dr. Carmen Bambach, the exhibit’s curator, said in a statement.

The show also includes a substantial collection of works by Michelangelo’s teachers, associates, pupils and other artists who were influenced by him or who worked in collaboration with him.

The exhibit runs until Feb. 12, 2018.



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