Friday, November 10, 2017

"Michelangelo" is the divine star of the must-see show of the season

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Holland Cotter
“Roman Soldiers, cartoon fragment for the Lower Left Part of the Crucifixion of Saint Peter in the Pauline Chapel,” a full-size preparatory drawing for a fresco. It is the most important surviving monumental cartoon by Michelangelo. Credit Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples
NEW YORK---“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a monument to a monument. With more than 200 works, and a core group of 133 drawings by the beyond-famous artist — the largest number ever assembled — on loan from some 50 front-rank collections, it’s a curatorial coup. More important, it’s an art historical tour de force: a panoptic view of a titanic career as recorded in the most fragile of media — paper, chalk, and ink. It’s a show with demands: It requires that you be fully present. [More]

Metropolitan Museum of Art: “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” (Nov. 13 through Feb. 12, 2018); 1000 Fifth Avenue New York, NY; 212-535-7710; metmuseum.org