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.
This exhibition presents a stunning range and number of works by the artist: 133 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.
The Met exhibition includes loans from no fewer than 50 public and private collections in the US and Europe, including the Louvre in Paris and the Vatican Library.
“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York until February 12.