MICHELANGELO

THE DRAWINGS OF A GENIUS

8 October 2010 - 9 January 2011
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Three Men Standing in Wide Coats Turned Towards the Left, around 1492-96

In a major exhibition scheduled for autumn and winter 2010, the Albertina will present around one hundred of the most beautiful drawings by Michelangelo. Precious works from the Graphic Arts Collection of the Albertina, as well as important loans from museums and private collections in Europe and the United States, will offer a hitherto unparalleled overview of the great Florentine’s entire oeuvre.
The focus will be on the figural drawings by Michelangelo, who will be introduced here as the genius of a period of change, with his versatile talents as a draftsman, painter, architect, and sculptor.
The show traces Michelangelo’s career from the artist’s juvenile works and designs for The Battle of Cascina to the world-famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, the ingenious drawings he presented to Tommaso de’ Cavalieri, and the Crucifixion scenes dating from the artist’s late period, when he was almost eighty years old. At the same time, new clues as to the dating of individual works will be provided. Projections of the monumental ceiling frescoes, the incorporation of plaster casts of Michelangelo’s sculptures, as well as paintings by other artists based on the master’s designs are meant to illustrate the dimensions and impact of his art. New paths of didactic presentation will be forged through a documentation of contemporary history and the artist’s environment.

 

The Albertina will extend its opening hours for its major autumn shows Picasso: Peace and Freedom and Michelangelo. The Drawings of a Genius. The exhibitions will be accessible from 10 am to 7 pm from Thursday to Tuesday and from 10 am to 9 pm on Wednesdays.

 

PICTURE GALLERY

 

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Standing Male Nude Seen From Behind, 1501-04 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Male Nude Seen From the Back With a Flag Staff, ca. 1504 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Study of a Seated Young Man and Two Studies of the Right Arm, (Recto), around 1511 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Pietà, around 1530-36 
 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

The Risen Christ, ca. 1532 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Madonna and Child, 1520-25 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Study of an Inclined Head and Detailed Eye Study, 1529/30 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto), 1511/12 
 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Bust of the Virgin Mary in Profile, the Child Reclining on a Cushion, and Other Studies, 1503/04 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Half-Length Figure of Cleopatra (recto), ca. 1533 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Study of a Male Nude, Separate Study of his Head (recto), 1534-1536 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Four Studies for the Figure of the Crucified Haman(recto), ca. 1512 
 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John, ca. 1533 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Christ on the Cross with the Virgin Mary and Saint John, 1555-1564 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Study for a Lamentation of Christ and Two Skeches of a Right Arm, 1533/34 
Michelangelo Buonarroti

The Punishment of Tityus (recto), 1532 

 

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