Michealangelo: Sacred and Profane, Master Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti Exhibit at Museum of Fine Arts Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts

4/21/13 – 6/30/13

This April, area art connoisseurs will get a rare glimpse at works by Michelangelo as The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Master Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti. The exhibit features 26 carefully selected pieces from the master’s family residence the Casa Buonarroti, in Florence, Italy. This assortment of Michelangelo’s work features renowned drawings that display the dichotomy of his religious inspirations with his interest in worldly and profane influences. Divided between figure and architectural studies, many of these works have never before been exhibited in the United States. These include his much-admired rendering of the Virgin Mary and Child, as well as a portrait of Cleopatra, the hedonistic Queen of the Nile. The latter was conceived as a gift for the master’s close friend Tommaso de’ Cavalieri. The piece is quite a departure from the works popularly associated with Michelangelo. On May 8, a lecture titled “Michelangelo as Draftsman” will be given by Hugo Chapman of The British Museum in the Remis Auditorium. Chapman, an expert on Michelangelo, will discuss the master’s graphic works.

Michelangelo, whose full name was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, was a painter, sculptor, poet, architect, and engineer who set an unparalleled influence on the development of art in the Western world. He remains one of the most famous artists in history. His most famous works include the statue of David, as well as his depictions of Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and The Last Judgment, which is painted on the wall of that very same structure. His architectural skills can be seen in such buildings as St. Peter’s Basilica, Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence, the Laurentian Library, and the Medici Chapel (Capella Medicea). For this exhibit, it will be his graphical works that will steal the show, including many rarely seen by the public. Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Master Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti runs from April 21 through June 30, 2013. Founded in 1870 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston contains over 450,000 pieces of art. It is located 465 Huntington Avenue, and is easily accessible via the Green Line (E Branch) as well as the Orange, Franklin, and Providence/Stoughton transit lines. For more information visit mfa.org.

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