Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer to Open at The Met in November

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Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer to Open at The Met in November

Exhibition Dates: November 13, 2017–February 12, 2018
Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue
The Tisch Galleries, Gallery 899, 2nd floor
Press Preview:  Monday, November 6
10 am–noon

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), a towering genius in the history of Western art, will be the subject of a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this fall. 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.
The exhibition is made possible by Morgan Stanley.
Additional support is provided by an anonymous donor, Dinah Seiver and Thomas E. Foster,
Cathrin M. Stickney and Mark P. Gorenberg, and Ann M. Spruill and Daniel H. Cantwell.

On view at The Met from November 13, 2017, through February 12, 2018, Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer will present a stunning range and number of works by the artist: approximately 150 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 54 public and private collections in the United States and Europe, the exhibition will examine Michelangelo’s rich legacy as a supreme draftsman and designer.
Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer is organized by Carmen C. Bambach, Curator in The Met’s Department of Drawings and Prints.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue written by Carmen C. Bambach that will include essays by a team of leading Michelangelo scholars. It will be published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.
The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A variety of Education programs will accompany the exhibition including Met Live Arts performances of La Dolce Morte, based on Michelangelo’s love poetry, and Shostakovich, Michelangelo, and The Artistic Conscience.

La Dolce Morte is made possible by The Howard & Sarah D. Solomon Foundation.
The exhibition will be featured at www.metmuseum.org/Michelangelo, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via #MetMichelangelo.


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