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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
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

The Met Announces Its Largest Michelangelo Retrospective in History

Picture of Rachel Gould
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 16 May 2017

Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced plans for its largest Michelangelo retrospective to date, due to open in November 2017.

Featuring three marble sculptures, his earliest known painting titled The Torment of Saint Anthony (c. 1487–1488), 150-odd sketches, a wooden model of a chapel vault, and “complementary works by other artists for comparison and context,” Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer will be the Met’s largest ever exhibition of works by the great Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564).

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

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. Casa Buonarroti, Florence.

A true “Renaissance man,” whose masterful skill spanned the realms of art, architecture and poetry, Michelangelo was born in Tuscany during Italy’s High Renaissance period.

Having sculpted David (c. 1501–1504), one of his greatest masterpieces, before the age of 30, Michelangelo became known to his contemporaries as Il Divino, or “the divine one.” His other artistic triumphs include the Pietà (c. 1498), The Last Judgement (1541), and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel (completed in 1512)—all of which remain keystones of western art.

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome) Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi 1532 Drawing, black chalk; 16 3/16 x 11 1⁄2 in. (41.1 x 29.2 cm) The British Museum, London

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome). Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi, 1532. Drawing, black chalk. The British Museum, London.

The Metropolitan Museum’s landmark exhibition will showcase artworks by Michelangelo from 54 American and European collections, providing an in-depth look at the Italian master’s oeuvre and his subsequent influence on art for the four and a half centuries following his unparalleled career.

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10023 on November 13, 2017, and run through to February 12, 2018.