Drawing on aged paper showing the Virgin Mary cradling an emaciated Christ figure.

Members' late night viewing

the last decades

Members' exclusive / 17 June 2024


Supported by

James Bartos, Dunard Fund and a gift in memory of Melvin R. Seiden

With additional support from

The Cosman Keller Art and Music Trust, The Vaseppi Trust, the Italian Cultural Institute and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Event information

17 June 2024


Room 35

The Joseph Hotung Great Court Gallery

Members free, no booking required

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Enjoy late night access to Michelangelo: the last decades, exclusive to British Museum Members.

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 – having been summoned by Pope Clement VII to paint a fresco of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel – brought him new commissions and reunited him with some of his closest friends. 

These works are displayed alongside studies for Michelangelo's grand architectural projects as well as drawings, poems and intimate letters that reveal his personal passions and anxieties. Rather than showing an artist in decline, this exhibition shows the astonishing dynamism that Michelangelo brought to his work in the final decades of his life as he explored salvation and confronted his mortality.

Booking information

  • Members no longer need to book to attend late night views. However, at particularly busy times, you may be asked to wait outside the exhibition to allow for visitor comfort. If you have a specific time you would like to visit, or have any concerns about accessing the exhibition, please contact the Membership office via friends@britishmuseum.org or on +44 (0)20 7323 8195 and we'll be very happy to assist.
  • Please present your Membership card for entry. Members with 'Admit 2' on their Membership cards can bring a guest to attend early morning views. Your guest will need to arrive with you to gain entry to the exhibition.
  • If you are visiting before your Membership card arrives, please bring the confirmation email of your Membership purchase.
  • In line with current government and NHS guidance, face masks are not mandatory but guests are welcome to wear them if they wish.