Friday, November 10, 2017

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

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;
Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarroti) (Italian, Florentine, 1475–1564) The Torment of Saint Anthony, ca. 1487–88 Oil and tempera on wood; 18 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (47 x 34.9 cm) Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas