Secret Origins: Michelangelo at the Met

met mich 9. Michelangelo_Three Labours of Hercules_HM Queen Elizabeth II_Windsor smallIf you thought Modern Art started with Delacroix, the new exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art November 13, will force you to reconsider. Running through February 12, the exhibition presents a stunning 128 of the artist’s drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his first painting, and his wood architectural model for a chapel vault.  “This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to experience first-hand the unique genius of Michelangelo,” said Met president Daniel H. Weiss. The exhibition will trace the life and career of Michelangelo Buonarroti (b. March 6, 1475; d. February 18, 1564), beginning with his training as a teenager in the workshop of Ghirlandaio and his earliest painting, “The Torment of Saint Anthony” (1487–88), and first known sculpture, “Young Archer” (ca. 1490). An entire gallery will be devoted to his monumental project of painting “The Last Judgment” on the Sistine Ceiling, and will include Michelangelo’s original studies for the project. Above: Michelangelo, “Three Labors of Hercules.” Drawing, red chalk; 10 11/16 x 16 5/8 inches (27.2 x 42.2 cm). Royal Collection Trust. “Copyright Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017, www.royalcollection.org.uk.”

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