Cleveland Museum Of Art Is Displaying Michelangelo Works The Met Couldn’t Obtain
By Thanussha Priyah, 24 Sep 2019
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art was keen on gaining access to a batch of rare Michelangelo drawings from the collection of Queen Christina of Sweden, but was turned down. However, the works have now been given the green light to be featured at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The collection comprises 25 individual sheets, with most of them being double-sided. Among the delicate artworks are drafts for the Sistine Chapel ceiling, as well as sketches for the statues commissioned by Pope Leo X for the Medici tombs in the San Lorenzo Church.
The Cleveland’s Museum’s deputy director and chief curator, Heather Lemonedes, shared with artnet News that the collection will showcase the “whole arc of Michelangelo’s career,” and that the exhibition will display his multidisciplinary projects and the various ways the artist worked then.
In the exhibit, you can expect to see early drawings of Michelangelo’s unrealized fresco Battle of Casina, which would have graced Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio.
Another work of Michelangelo to be displayed are his architectural studies for St Peter’s dome in Rome. The artist worked on them from 1547 until his demise in 1564. There will also be figurative studies that he worked on throughout his career.
According to Lemonedes, from the 1490s onwards, “Michelangelo was drawing from corpses and flayed human bodies so he could have a better understanding of human anatomy.”
This exhibition is co-organized by Cleveland and Los Angeles museums. The work of Michelangelo was loaned by Teylers Museum in Netherlands, which purchased a part of the 2,000-piece art collection amassed by Queen Christina in 1790.
These works never left the museum since then, until now.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was the first institution to request for the creations for its show, Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer. The blockbuster show had taken loans of Michelangelo drawings from 50 public and private collections both in the US and Europe, namely the Louvre in Paris and the Vatican Library.
Unfortunately, the Teylers Museum refused to offer its collection up for loan to the Met as it was afraid that the collection might “get lost in the shuffle of the big Met show,” according to Lemonedes.
Now, it will be available for view at an exhibition titled Michelangelo: Mind of the Master, which will also feature illustrated catalogs and essays by Emily J. Peters from Cleveland Museum of Art, Julian Brooks from J. Paul Getty Museum, and Carel van Tuyll van Serooskerken from Teylers Museum. The commentaries will delve into Michelangelo’s working methods and iconic projects.
The Michelangelo: Mind of the Master show will take place at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 22 September 2019 to 5 January 2020 and at the J. Paul Getty Museum from 25 February 2020 to 7 June 2020.
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Today, the exhibition ”Michelangelo: Mind of the Master” opens at @clevelandmuseumofart. A group of more than two dozen of the Renaissance genius’ drawings, today belonging to the @teylersmuseum in the Netherlands and originally forming part of Queen Christina of Sweden’s collections, are shown for the first time ever in the United States. Pictured here is an extraordinary study of a leg (1524, black chalk, stylus). We hope that you find your way to Ohio this fall for this must-see exhibit!
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We congratulate our colleagues from @clevelandmuseumofart with the opening of the exhibition Michelangelo: Mind of the Master! ⠀ ⠀ It’s unique in the history of Teylers Museum in Haarlem, the Netherlands: all our 25 drawings by Michelangelo go on tour to the USA for the first time. This major art collection will be exhibited in the @clevelandmuseumofart from Sept 22 - Jan 5th 2020 and in the J. Paul @GettyMuseum in Los Angeles from Feb 25 - June 7 2020.⠀ ⠀ Figure studies and a preparatory study for the Hand of God for the Sistine Chapel⠀ Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)⠀ c. 1511⠀ Rome⠀ ⠀ #michelangelo #mindofthemaster #exhibition #cleveland #handofgod #michelangelobuonarotti #sistinechapel #clevelandmuseumofart #gettymuseum #teylers #teylersmuseum #MuseumBums #drawing #sketch
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