26 Dec 2017
Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Reviewed by Jan Castro
"Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer" is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit. Carmen C. Bambach and other curators have selected the finest drawings, a few sculptures, and a wood model of the vault of the King's Chapel from exclusive collections worldwide. The exquisite drawings are set into historic contexts: Michelangelo's apprenticeship under Ghirlandaio, his copies of earlier masters including Masaccio and Donatello, his dawdling for forty years over the tomb of Pope Julius II.
The Met has recreated a quarter-scale Sistine Ceiling and provided new scholarship about the artist's models for The Last Judgment. This awe-inspiring exhibition does not address the unisex qualities of the bodies. Men and women alike have huge necks, shoulders, and limbs. Genitals and breasts are muted. Michelangelo elevated touching fingers, musculature, and dimensional, sensuous movements into universal human qualities and strengths.
|Exhibition||Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer link|
|Start date||13 Nov 2017|
|End date||12 Feb 2018|
|Presenter||Metropolitan Museum of Art link|
|Venue||1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY, USA (at 82nd Street) link map|
|Image||Michelangelo Buonarroti, Archers Shooting at a Herm, 1530-33, drawing, red chalk, 8 5/8 x 12 11/16 inches, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017|
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