closer to the master
23 March – 25 June 2006
Supported by BP
Drawing on the outstanding collections of the British Museum, the Ashmolean and the Teyler Museum in Haarlem, Michelangelo drawings is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to follow the evolution of some of the world's most celebrated artworks.
The exhibition traces sixty years of Michelangelo's stormy life, from intimate studies made when he was in his early twenties to the visionary Crucifixion scenes carried out shortly before his death.
It reunites material not seen together since the dispersal of the artist's studio more than 400 years ago, offering a wholly different perspective on the defining genius of the Italian Renaissance.
This exhibition displayed 153 objects and was seen by 152,023 visitors.
Michelangelo, eye taken from Ideal head of a woman sketch