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Michelangelo, Divine Draftsman and Designer

Exhuibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – NYC

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Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso) Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome) Ca. 1510–11 Red chalk, with small accents of white chalk on the left shoulder of the figure in the main study (recto); soft black chalk, or less probably charcoal (verso) Sheet: 11 3/8 x 8 7/16 in. (28.9 x 21.4 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1924.

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Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), a towering genius in the history of Western art, is the subject of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. 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.

This exhibition presents a stunning range and number of works by the artist: 133 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 50 public and private collections in the United States and Europe, the exhibition examines Michelangelo’s rich legacy as a supreme draftsman and designer.

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Michelangelo Buonarroti. Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi Drawing 1532 Black chalk sheet: 16 3/16 x 11 1/2 in. (41.1 x 29.2 cm) The British Museum, London 1895,0915.519 (Wilde 59) SL.6.2017.19.7

 

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Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome) Archers Shooting at a Herm 1530–33 Drawing, red chalk; 8 5/8 x 12 11/16 in. (21.9 x 32.3 cm) ROYAL COLLECTION TRUST / © HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2017, www.royalcollection.org.uk

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Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome) Three Labours of Hercules 1530–33  Drawing, red chalk; 10 11/16 x 16 5/8 in. (27.2 x 42.2 cm) . ROYAL COLLECTION TRUST / © HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2017, www.royalcollection.org.uk

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Jacopino del Conte. Italian, Florentine, 1515–1598 Daniele da Volterra (Daniele Ricciarelli). Italian, Volterra 1509–1566 Rome Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) Painting probably ca. 1544 Oil on wood 34 3/4 x 25 1/4 in. (88.3 x 64.1 cm) Gift of Clarence Dillon, 1977 1977.384.1

 

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Domenico Ghirlandaio (Domenico Bigordi). Italian, Florence 1448/49–1494 Florence Drapery study of a standing figure Drawing 1485-90 Brown wash, on pink prepared paper, heightened with white Sheet: 11 7/16 × 5 3/16 in. (29 × 13.1 cm) Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence 315E SL.6.2017.14.8

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Michelangelo Buonarroti. Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome Il Sogno (The Dream) Drawing 1530’s Black chalk Sheet: 15 5/16 × 10 15/16 in. (38.9 × 27.8 cm) London, Courtauld Gallery, Prince Gate Bequest (1978) inv. D 1978.PG.424 SL.6.2017.20.2

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Michelangelo Buonarroti. Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome Young Archer Sculpture ca. 1490 Marble Overall (wt confirmed): H. 37 x W. 13 1/4 x D. 14 in., 177lb. (94 x 33.7 x 35.6 cm, 80.2867kg) Lent by the French State, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs L.2009.40

 

 

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Michelangelo Buonarroti. Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome Female Figure Seen in Bust-Length from the Front (Cleopatra) (recto and verso) Drawing 1530–33 Black chalk (recto and verso) sheet: 9 3/16 x 7 3/16 in. (23.3 x 18.3 cm) Casa Buonarroti, Florence 2F SL.6.2017.12.1

 

 

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Michelangelo Buonarroti. Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome Tityus (recto); Sketches for a Resurrection of Christ (verso) Drawing ca. 1530–32 Black chalk sheet: 7 1/2 x 13 in. (19 x 33 cm) Lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (RCIN 12771) SL.6.2017.48.6

 

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Michelangelo Buonarroti. Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome The Torment of Saint Anthony Painting ca. 1487–88 Tempera and oil on wood Framed: 27 × 22 3/8 in. (68.6 × 56.8 cm) 18 1/2 in. X 13 3/4 in. (47 cm x 34.9 cm) Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, inv. AP 2009.01 SL.6.2017.16.1

 

 

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Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome) Unfinished cartoon for a Madonna and Child 1525–30 Drawing, black and red chalk, white gouache, brush and brown wash 21 5/16 x 15 9/16 in. (54.1 x 39.6 cm) Casa Buonarroti, Florence

 

Domenico Ghirlandaio (Domenico Bigordi). Italian, Florence 1448/49–1494 Florence Cartoon for the head of a woman in the Tornabuoni chapel (recto); Study for a standing woman in the Tornabuoni chapel (verso) Drawing 1489 Black chalk, pricked for transfer (recto); Black chalk (verso) Sheet: 14 7/16 × 8 11/16 in. (36.6 × 22 cm) Chatsworth, Settlement Trustees, Duke of Devonshire Collection (316) SL.6.2017.2.

 

 

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Cartoon for a Michelangelo fresco – Souldiers.

 

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EXHIBITION CATALOG

Michelangelo Buonarroti excelled in the Renaissance art of disegno, encompassing both drawing and conceptual design.

Published to accompany the Museum’s exhibition, this stunning 400-page volume is certain to become a seminal reference work on a crucial component of Michelangelo’s oeuvre.

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VIDEO

The video below is about this drawing.

Videos: “Studies for the Libyan Sibyl” by Michelangelo Buonarroti

(Source: All information and photos were provided by The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Press Department.)