Thirty works on paper by Michelangelo are coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto in October, it was announced Thursday. The drawings, including architectural and figural sketches, are loans from the Casa Buonarotti, a house the legendary artist purchased in Florence in 1508 but never occupied during his lifetime (1475-1564).
Famous as he was, Michelangelo saw many of his most ambitious projects unfinished or unrealized by fickle patrons. The drawings, the AGO said in a statement, are talismans of the artist’s “relentless struggle, disappointment and even defeat.” Besides the display of the drawings (which include preparatory works for the Sistine Chapel), the exhibition will feature computer animations that realize some of Michelangelo’s unfinished designs.
Also as part of the show, the AGO plans to present from its permanent collection nine works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), for whom Michelangelo was “a spiritual and artistic father figure.”
Opening Oct. 18, the exhibition, titled Michelangelo, runs through Jan. 11, 2015.
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