Fine-toned drawing showing three weeping women being turned into trees while a nude male figure reclines on the ground to the left.

Event information

7 June 2024

Please note this event only runs on specific days.

Room 35

The Joseph Hotung Great Court Gallery


  • £5


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Join Edward Richards for a British Sign Language (BSL) tour of Michelangelo: the last decades exhibition.

In 1534, Michelangelo left Florence for Rome, never to see his native city again. He was 59, which many contemporaries regarded as old, but for Michelangelo this move marked the beginning of a dramatic new chapter which would fundamentally shape his experiences as an artist and as a man.

This exhibition looks at the last 30 years of Michelangelo's remarkable life, when his return to Rome brought him new commissions and reunited him with some of his closest friends. Forceful preparatory drawings for the monumental Last Judgment fresco as well as the newly conserved cartoon of the Epifania will be displayed alongside studies for Michelangelo's grand architectural projects, including the rebuilding of St Peter's Basilica in Rome.

This event is in BSL only, with no voiceover or captions, and is part of the public programme supporting the Michelangelo: the last decades exhibition (2 May – 28 July 2024).

Funding for the conservation of the Epifania cartoon was generously provided through a grant from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project.

Booking information

  • These tours will run between 18.00 and 19.00 on the following dates:
    • Friday 3 May
    • Friday 7 June
  • Book now to secure your place. 
  • Please meet at the Information Desk in the Great Court.
  • If you have any access requirements or need assistance booking this event please email or phone +44 (0)20 7323 8971.

About the guide

Edward Richards is a Deaf graphic designer and arts presenter who lends his skills to esteemed arts institutions in London including the Tate, Royal Academy, and National Gallery as an museum guide. Edward offers an insider's perspective from years of experience presenting and designing accessible exhibits and programs. His dedication and passion for the Deaf community also inform his engaging and educational approach.