Michelangelo drawings
“Seated Male Nude,” c. 1511. Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564). Red chalk with highlights in white lead; 27.9 x 21.4 cm. Teylers Museum, purchased in 1790. © Teylers Museum, Haarlem

Cleveland, Ohio
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September 22 through January 5, 2020
“Michelangelo: Mind of the Master”

Michelangelo drawings
“Study of a Left Leg,” 1524. Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Black chalk; 20.7 x 24.7 cm. Teylers Museum, purchased in 1790. © Teylers Museum, Haarlem

The exhibition “Michelangelo: Mind of the Master” presents an unprecedented opportunity for museum visitors to experience the brilliance of Michelangelo’s achievements on an intimate scale through more than two dozen original drawings.

Michelangelo drawings
“Three Draped Figures with Hands Joined,” 1496–1503. Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Pen and brown ink; 26.9 x 19.4 cm. Teylers Museum, purchased in 1790. © Teylers Museum, Haarlem

Michelangelo’s genius is especially evident through his breathtaking draftsmanship on sheets filled with multiple figures and close studies of human anatomy. These working sketches invite us to look over the shoulder of one of Western art history’s most influential masters and to experience firsthand his boundless creativity and extraordinary mastery of the human form.

Michelangelo drawings
“Study of a Striding Male Nude,” 1504 or 1506. Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Black chalk; 40.4 x 25.8 cm. Teylers Museum, purchased in 1790. © Teylers Museum, Haarlem

These drawings demonstrate Michelangelo’s inventive preparations for his most important and groundbreaking commissions, including the Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco, sculptures for the tomb of Giuliano de’ Medici, and the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica.


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