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Michelangelo Public and Private:
Drawings for the Sistine Chapel and
Other Treasures from the Casa Buonarroti

Seattle Art Museum
Seattle WA – Oct 15, 2009-Jan 31, 2010

Michelangelo Buonarroti, ceiling

Michelangelo Buonarroti, ceiling, 1509-1510, Black chalk [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 15-Jan 31]

Male Torso, ca. 1540,

Male Torso, ca. 1540, light terracotta, Florentine artist, XVI century [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 15-Jan 31]

Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy is the site of Michelangelo's former home, and holds the largest collection of drawings by the prominent and influential artist. Unfortunately, Michelangelo burned many of his sketches and preliminary works so that others would never know the painstaking efforts that he took to create his masterpieces. From the Italian museum's collection of rare pieces, the Seattle Art Museum has organized Drawings for the Sistine Chapel and Other Treasures from the Casa Buonarroti. The Seattle Art Museum has also published an in-depth catalogue that which provides further context for the drawings.

For conservation reasons, only a small selection of the art work held at Casa Buonarroti can be exhibited at one time. The exhibit includes 12 drawings, models and personal documents, painted and sculpted portraits of the artist, artwork by Michelangelo's contemporaries, and decorative arts from the Casa Buonarroti. 

Among the highlights is a miniature tempera painting after Michelangelo's controversial Sistine Chapel fresco, The Last Judgment. The stylized depiction is by the important 16th century miniaturist, Giulio Clovio and contains all 391 figures without any of the censorship that had been added to the original.


Allyn Cantor

 Fri, Sep 4, 2009