The life and career of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), a towering genius in the history of Western art, is explored in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, on view at The Met November 13, 2017 through February 12, 2018, presents a stunning range and number of works by the artist: 133 of his drawings, 3 of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, and his wood architectural model for a chapel vault. A substantial body of complementary works by artists who were influenced by him or who worked in collaboration with him are also on view for comparison and context.
This exhibition offers a unique chance to see the artist's creative process first-hand and understand why Michelangelo was called Il divino ("the divine one") by his contemporaries. His mastery of drawing, design, sculpture, painting, and architecture is unveiled through this presentation of exceptional and rare loans from 50 public and private collections.