One of the greatest artists of all time, Michelangelo Buonarotti, is buried in the basilica of Santa Croce in his hometown, Florence, Italy. His tomb is a must-see stop for all tourists, and a pilgrimage place for artists and lovers of art. Santa Croce has launched a campaign this month to raise money to restore the artist’s tomb. You can click HERE to learn more and perhaps you might even make a donation--any size gift is welcome! They can really use everyone’s help, from around the world.
Michelangelo was, without question, a brilliant draftsman. His drawings are exquisite, keenly observed, and powerful. Beginning on October 13 (and through February 12, 2018), you can see them for yourself in this amazing exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City: Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer. If you can visit the show, do! It will inspire you in your own drawings, I promise.
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 will present a stunning range and number of works by the artist: approximately 150 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 54 public and private collections in the United States and Europe, the exhibition at the Met will examine Michelangelo's rich legacy as a supreme draftsman and designer.