Exhibitions/ Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer/ Exhibition Object Highlights

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer

At The Met Fifth Avenue
November 13, 2017–February 12, 2018
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Object Highlights

'Cartoon for the head of a woman in the Tornabuoni chapel (recto); Study for a standing woman in the Tornabuoni chapel (verso)' by Ghirlandaio

Domenico Ghirlandaio (Domenico di Tommaso Bigordi) (Italian, 1448/49–1494). Cartoon of a Woman in Bust Length. Black chalk, outlines pricked for transfer. The Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement (316)

'The Torment of Saint Anthony' by Michelangelo, depicting a human figure being assaulted by a group of demons

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Torment of Saint Anthony. Egg tempera on poplar wood. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth (AP 2009.01)

'Two Standing Male Figures, Copy After Giotto in the Peruzzi Chapel of Santa Croce, in Florence (recto); Two Studies of an Arm (verso)' by Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Studies after Two Figures in the Ascension of Saint John the Evangelist by Giotto. Pen and two hues of brown ink (one slightly reddish brown and the other grayish brown) over stylus underdrawing. Musée du Louvre, Département des Arts Graphiques, Paris (706)

'Sketches for a Virgin and Child' by Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Sketches of the Virgin, the Christ Child Reclining on a Cushion, and Other Sketches of Infants. Pen and brown ink. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett (KdZ 1363)

'Mural Fragment with Triton or Satyr' by Michelangelo, depicting a human torso with wings

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Mural Fragment of a Male Nude in Three-Quarter Length (Triton or Satyr). Charcoal on rough porous plaster. Sernesi Family, Villa Michelangiolo, Settignano

'Studies for the Battle of Cascina: Two Standing Nude Male Figures (recto); Nude Male Figure in Half-Length Seen from the Rear (verso)' by Michelangelo, depicting a male torso holding a spear, viewed from the rear

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Study of the Torso of a Male Nude Seen from the Back. Black chalk, with lead-white gouache highlights. Albertina, Vienna (123)

'The Battle of Cascina' by Aristotile da Sangallo, depicting a group of figures in battle on an outcropping of rocks above a river

Bastiano (Aristotile) da Sangallo (Italian, 1481–1551). Copy after the Central Episode of the Bathers in Michelangelo's Battle of Cascina. Oil on wood. By kind permission of the Earl of Leicester and the Trustees of Holkham Estate

'Sonnet 'To Giovanni da Pistoia' and Caricature by Michelangelo on his Painting of the Sistine Ceiling' by Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Sonnet "To Giovanni da Pistoia" and Caricature on His Painting of the Sistine Ceiling. Pen and brown ink. Casa Buonarroti, Florence Archivio Buonarroti (XIII, fol. 111)

Red chalk drawing by Michelangelo of the Libyan Sibyl from the Sistine ceiling

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Studies for the Libyan Sibyl. Red chalk, with small accents of white chalk on the left shoulder of the figure in the main study. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1924 (24.197.2)

'Drapery Study for the Erythraean Sibyl for the Sistine Ceiling (recto); Figure study (verso)' by Michelangelo, depicting a seated figure with fabric draped over its lap

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Drapery Study for the Erythraean Sibyl on the Sistine Ceiling. Brown wash and pen and dark brown ink, over black chalk. The British Museum, London, Donated by Henry Vaughan, 1887 (PD 1887,0502.118 recto)

'Project for an Elevation of the Facade of San Lorenzo (First Design)' by Michelangelo, depicting the facade of a building with carvings of scenes and figures

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564), with additions and restorations. Demonstration Drawing for the "First Design" of the Facade of San Lorenzo. Pen and brown ink, brush and two hues of brown wash, over underdrawing in leadpoint, compass work, ruling in leadpoint and stylus, black chalk, on six sheets of paper. Casa Buonarroti, Florence (45 A)

'Study for a double tomb (recto and verso)' by Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Sketches for the Design for a Double Tomb in the New Sacristy of San Lorenzo. Black chalk. The British Museum, London (PD 1859,0514.822 recto)

'Unfinished cartoon for a Madonna and Child' by Michelangelo, depicting a seated woman nursing a child

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564), with slight retouching by a later hand in pen and ink. Unfinished Cartoon of the Virgin and Child. Black chalk, red chalk, traces of brush and brown wash, with lead-white gouache highlights. Casa Buonarroti, Florence (71 F)

'The Risen Christ' by Michelangelo, depicting a male figure emerging from a box with arms stretched up in the air

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Risen Christ. Black chalk. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017, www.royalcollection.org.uk

'Female Figure Seen in Bust-Length from the Front (Cleopatra) (recto and verso)' by Michelangelo, depicting a female bust with snakes wrapping around her shoulders and in her hair

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Cleopatra in Bust Length. Black chalk. Casa Buonarroti, Florence (2 F recto)

'Female Figure Seen in Bust-Length from the Front (Cleopatra) (recto and verso)' by Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Sketch for Cleopatra. Black chalk. Casa Buonarroti, Florence (2 F verso)

'The Descent from the Cross (or Entombment)' by Michelangelo, depicting a supine male figure being help up by a group of people

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Study for a Descent from the Cross (or Entombment). Red chalk. The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Presented by a Body of Subscribers, 1846 (1846.88; KP II 342)

'Dragon and other Sketches (recto); Various Sketches of Eyes and Head Profiles(verso)' by Michelangelo, depicting a dragon with its neck tied up in a knot and its mouth open

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564) and pupils. Exercise Sheet: Study of a Dragon by the Master over Sketches of Heads by a Pupil. Pen and brown ink over black-chalk underdrawing (dragon), red chalk (mainly underlying designs of heads). The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Presented by a Body of Subscribers, 1846 (1846.69; KP II 323 recto)

'Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi' by Michelangelo, depicting a boy wearing a hat

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi. Black chalk, with losses on the design surface delicately integrated with brush and gray wash. The British Museum, London (PD 1895,0915.519)

'Tityus (recto); Sketches for a Resurrection of Christ (verso)' by Michelangelo, depicting a giant bird landing on the torso of a man laying on a rock whose right arm is restrained by a rope

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Punishment of Tityos. Black chalk. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017, www.royalcollection.org.uk

'Archers Shooting at a Herm' by Michelangelo, depicting a group of nude archers in red chalk

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Archers Shooting at a Herm. Red chalk. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017, www.royalcollection.org.uk

'A Bacchanal of Children' by Michelangelo, depicting groups of children in various acts of revelry

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Bacchanal of Children. Red chalk. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017, www.royalcollection.org.uk

'Study of the Christ of Ùbeda for Sebastiano del Piombo' by Michelangelo, depicting a slumped figure with his head rolled onto one shoulder

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Studies for Christ in the Pietà of Úbeda for Sebastiano del Piombo. Black chalk. Musée du Louvre, Département des Arts Graphiques, Paris (716)

'David-Apollo' by Michelangelo, depicting a standing male figure with one foot stepping up on a rock

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Apollo-David (unfinished). Marble. Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence (Sculture 1879, no. 121)

'The Virgin and Christ at the Cross with two Angels (Pieta' for Vittoria Colonna)' by Michelangelo, depicting a seated woman with hands in the air, looking towards the sky, with a male figure slumped in her lap, being held up by two smaller figures, one at each arm

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Pietà for Vittoria Colonna. Black chalk on paper. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (1.2.0.16)

'Sketches for the Lower Left-Hand Corner of the Last Judgment (recto and verso)' by Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Sketches of Figural Arrangements for the Resurrection of the Dead in the Last Judgment. Grayish black chalk. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017, www.royalcollection.org.uk

'The Crucifixion (recto); Study for the crucified Christ (verso)' by Michelangelo, depicting a central figure with arms nailed to a cross, with two additional figures standing on either side of him, one holding her head in her hands

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Study for a Crucifixion. Black chalk, brush and lead-white gouache, over ruling in black chalk, some stylus ruling. The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Presented by a Body of Subscribers, 1846 (1846.89; KP II 343 recto)

'Cartoon with a Group of Soldiers for the Crucifixion of Saint Peter' by Michelangelo, depicting a group of figures advancing forward

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Roman Soldiers, Cartoon Fragment for the Lower Left Part of the Crucifixion of Saint Peter in the Pauline Chapel. Charcoal, with some black chalk, on approximately nineteen sheets of paper, outlines pricked for transfer. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Naples (1490)

'Design for a window of Palazzo Farnese (recto); Architectural studies (verso)' by Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Design for a Window, Third Story of the Courtyard, Palazzo Farnese. Black chalk, with ruling and compass work in black chalk, reworked by the artist with brush with brown wash and lead-white gouache, then reworked again by the artist with black chalk and ruling. The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Presented by a Body of Subscribers, 1846 (1846.79; KP II 333)

'The Annunciation' by Michelangelo, depicting a figure with wings approaching another figure who is standing with her elbow propped on a wall

Attributed to Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). The Annunciation. Black chalk. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York (IV, 7)

'Brutus' by Michelangelo, depicting the bust of a man, his head turned to the left, and his shoulders draped with fabric

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564) with some assistance by Tiberio Calcagni (Italian, 1532–1565). Bust of Brutus (unfinished). Carrara marble. Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence (Sculture 1879 no. 97)

'Small wood model of the vault of Chapel of the King of France' by Michelangelo? or Antonio da Sangallo, the Younger?

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564), with the carpenters of the Fabbrica di San Pietro in Vaticano. Model of the Vault of the Chapel of the King of France. Lime wood and other woods, gray and yellow paint. Fabbrica di San Pietro in Vaticano, Vatican City



Banner image: Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Studies for the Three Labors of Hercules (detail), ca. 1530. Red chalk, 10 11/16 x 16 5/8 in. (27.2 x 42.2 cm). Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017, www.royalcollection.org.uk. Related Content images: Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Apollo-David (unfinished) (detail), c. 1530. Marble, H. 146 cm (57 1/2 in.). Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence (Sculture 1879, no. 121) | Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Archers Shooting at a Herm (detail), 1530–33. Red chalk. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017, www.royalcollection.org.uk | Giorgio Giulio Clovio (Julije Klović) (Croatian, 1498–1578), after a lost drawing by Michelangelo. Rape of Ganymede. Black chalk, 7 5/8 x 10 7/8 in. (19.5 x 27.5 cm). The Royal Collection / HM Queen Elizabeth II (RCIN 913036)