Famed Renaissance figure Michelangelo Buonarroti (1471-1564) was renowned for his artistic versatility, a feat made possible by his unyielding attention to the design and drafting of his compositions. This passion for disegno reigns supreme in the current exhibition, “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer,” on view at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (13 November 2017 – 12 February 2018).
Though Michelangelo’s body of work has been scrutinized for generations, this exhibition accomplishes a refreshed take on the artist’s remarkable abilities as illustrated across more than 100 of his drawings sampled from collections around the globe. Added to this dynamic array of works on paper are equally striking compositions in other media, including several of Michelangelo’s marble sculptures, an architectural model, and the earliest documented painting by the artist’s hand. Taken in sum, “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer” sheds new light on a dynamic – and by some accounts “divine” – artistic master and his contribution to the richness of the Renaissance era and beyond. Those who want a broader understanding of the artistic context in which Michelangelo rose to fame can learn more about the painting of the period with How to Read Italian Renaissance Painting.