Studies of the upper body of a man and separate studies of an arm, a hand, and an ear; sketch of a tree, recto (detail), 1511–12, Michelangelo Buonarroti, red chalks and black chalk. Teylers Museum, Haarlem. Purchased in 1790. © Teylers Museum, Haarlem. Seated male nude, separate study of his right arm, recto (detail), 1511, Michelangelo Buonarroti, red chalk heightened with white. Teylers Museum, Haarlem, purchased in 1790. © Teylers Museum, Haarlem Studies of the upper body of a man and separate studies of an arm, a hand, and an ear; sketch of a tree, recto (detail), 1511–12, Michelangelo Buonarroti, red chalks and black chalk. Teylers Museum, Haarlem. Purchased in 1790. © Teylers Museum, Haarlem. Seated male nude, separate study of his right arm, recto (detail), 1511, Michelangelo Buonarroti, red chalk heightened with white. Teylers Museum, Haarlem, purchased in 1790. © Teylers Museum, Haarlem

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Michelangelo was one of the most creative and influential artists in the history of Western art. This exhibition explores the full range of his work as a painter, sculptor, and architect through more than two dozen of his extraordinary drawings, including designs for celebrated projects such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Medici Chapel tombs, and The Last Judgment. These studies and sketches enable us to witness Michelangelo at work, and to experience firsthand his boundless creativity and his pioneering representation of the human form.

This exhibition has been organized by the Teylers Museum, Haarlem in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum and The Cleveland Museum of Art. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The presentation in Los Angeles is made possible with major support from Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder. It is generously supported by an anonymous gift in memory of Melvin R. Seiden, and sponsored by City National Bank.

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Michelangelo: Mind of the Master book cover

Michelangelo: Mind of the Master

Emily J. Peters and Julian Brooks, with contributions by Edina Adam, Marjan Scharloo, and Carel van Tuyll van Serooskerken


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