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Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

13 Nov 2017 - 12 Feb 2018

This exhibition includes 133 of Michelangelo’s drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, and his wood architectural model for a chapel vault. 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. The exhibition will give visitors an unmatched opportunity to enter the world of this absolute visionary in the history of art. A substantial body of complementary works by his teachers, pupils, and artists who were influenced by him or who worked in collaboration with him will also be displayed. Find out more about the Michelangelo exhibition from the Met’s website.

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Three Labours of Hercules (1530–33), Michelangelo. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Three Labours of Hercules (1530–33), Michelangelo. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Archers Shooting at a Herm (1530–33), Michelangelo. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Archers Shooting at a Herm (1530–33), Michelangelo. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi (1532), Michelangelo. The British Museum, London

Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi (1532), Michelangelo. The British Museum, London

Unfinished cartoon for a Madonna and Child (1525–30), Michelangelo. Casa Buonarroti, Florence

Unfinished cartoon for a Madonna and Child (1525–30), Michelangelo. Casa Buonarroti, Florence

Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso)(ca. 1510–11), Michelangelo. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso) (c. 1510–11), Michelangelo. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art