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I had a chance to see the Michelangelo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday, and it was an incredible opportunity to see so many works of his in one place! The exhibition is titled “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer,” and when they refer to it as a “once-in-a-lifetime” exhibition, they aren’t kidding: the show includes 133 of Michelangelo’s 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.
Regarding “his earliest painting,” let’s take a look at what it was. “The Torment of Saint Anthony” is below left, and it was based on a drawing by Martin Schongauer, below right. But here’s where you need to hold onto your seat: Michelangelo was only 12 or 13 years old when he painted this! I’d say “child prodigy” is an understatement in this case!
The drawings throughout the show are spectacular as well, and there’s also a reproduction of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, installed overhead and pictured below. The show runs through February 12th, so there’s still plenty of time to get there to see it.