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).
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.
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.