Final Days: Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer

Only a few days remain to visit the remarkable exhibition, “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York until 12 February 2018. 

Described by critics in highly laudatory terms – “the must-see show of the season” according to The New York Times; described as “magnificent” and “stupendous” by others – the exhibition does not disappoint. It offers a satisfying array of works that showcases the master’s evolution, from his early influences to those he later influenced, all united by the powerful sense of disegno that dominated his career. 

Viewers are treated to a striking number of studies and drawings that offer an amazing opportunity to observe in intimate detail the finesse of his work. These marvelous examples are further complemented by the addition of others’ works after Michelangelo, such as Bastiano da Sangallo’s version of Michelangelo’s lost Battle at Cascina (1542) and Marcello Venusti’s rendition of the Sistine The Last Judgment (1549) depicting the scene prior to its adjustments for modesty. 

In sum, “Michelangelo: Divind Draftsman & Designer” dazzles viewers with Michelangelo’s disegno and reminds of Vasari’s astuteness in connecting Michelangelo with the realm of the divine, themes that are expanded upon in the accompanying exhibition catalogue.

Various views of the exhibition. 

Posted by Alexis Culotta 

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