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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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Michelangelo drawings:
closer to the master

23 March – 25 June 2006

Exhibition closed

Room 5

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

Michelangelo, eye taken from Ideal head of a woman sketch